Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? How loyal are you to the home team, the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit? Is your loyalty unquestionable despite circumstance or time in your life?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
What does it mean to be loyal? I remember talking to a friend recently who had moved from Milwaukee to Chicago. While living in Milwaukee he was, what he termed, a loyal Milwaukee Brewers fan. He attended as many games as he could, cheered for the team, and followed them closely in the media. When I ran into him the topic of baseball came up. “How about those Cubs?” he asked me. A bit shocked by his sudden loyalty to a team he had ridiculed and abased for all those years in Milwaukee, I asked him how his loyalties had switched from the Brewers to the Cubs with a simple move of only about 85 miles to the south. He looked at me with a smile and said, “Well, if I had moved someplace within 50 miles of Milwaukee, like Racine or Kenosha, I would still be a loyal Brewers’ fan; but having moved into Illinois and the home of the Chicago Cubs he figured that the distance was just too much of a stretch for his loyalty to a Milwaukee team. Fifty miles might be acceptable, but 85 or so was just too far.
How loyal are you to the home team, the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit? Is your loyalty unquestionable despite circumstance or time in your life?
Here’s a story. One of the all-time greats in baseball was Babe Ruth. His bat had the power of a cannon, and his record of 714 home runs remained unbroken until Hank Aaron came along. The Babe was the idol of sports fans, but in time age took its toll, and his popularity began to wane. Finally the Yankees traded him to the Braves. In one of his last games in Cincinnati, Babe Ruth began to falter. He struck out and made several misplays that allowed the Reds to score five runs in one inning. As the Babe walked toward the dugout, chin down and dejected, there rose from the stands an enormous storm of boos and catcalls. Some fans actually shook their fists. Then a wonderful thing happened. A little boy jumped over the railing, and with tears streaming down his cheeks he ran out to the great athlete. Unashamedly, he flung his arms around the Babe’s legs and held on tightly. Babe Ruth scooped him up, hugged him, and set him down again. Patting him gently on the head, he took his hand and the two of them walked off the field together. (Source Unknown.)
“. . . But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15b). Loyalty is based on reliance. Joshua relied on God to provide the promise of salvation and security in his dwelling place in Canaan. He had defeated his enemies, but knew that victory over his foes was dependent upon his willingness to be loyal to God. That little boy drew near to his idol, the Babe, because he loved him no matter what the circumstances of the moment were. God expects that kind of loyalty from you and I as well. My Chicago friend had the freedom to be loyal to any team he wanted to cheer for. God gives us that freedom to choose world over him as well. My friend, unlike Joshua or that little boy, put restrictions on his loyalty in order to serve his purposes. He acted as if it was just something that happens. Loyalty, however, is a choice, not something that just happens depending upon the circumstance or moment in life. Choose God today and turn your back on the world for life. Tell him in prayer that you will be loyal no matter what. That’s one holy team that will never let you down.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for giving us a holy team that will always have a winning percentage no matter the challenges in our lives. Father, at times we feel more comfortable turning away from your sure help to the beckoning lusts and passions of the world. Forgive us Father when we falter in our loyalty to you and treat your grace as a matter of circumstance instead of surety. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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