When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. (John 6:61-69)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about leadership is that sometimes you have to work for those with whom you may not agree or even like. Loyalty carries a deeper meaning than just standing with those over you and supporting their ideals and vision. It means teamwork. One of the ways loyalty is developed in a group is by the key leader showing the people under him that he has no hidden motives or agenda. In other words, he must be open and candid with his followers. We see this in Jesus. Loyalty is lost when a leader says one thing and does another for personal gain or selfish motives. Loyalty is also lost when followers are out to advance their own agenda. We should always be loyal with those we work with, both senior and peers alike. David was loyal to both Jonathan and Saul. Loyalty is developed when leaders set a positive example before their followers and do not micro-manage them. You can be sure if you say that you are a Christian, Jesus will check your loyalty to Him. Either by His word, your pastor, or someone else. Don’t fail the test.
Sing: Where He leads me I will follow. Where He leads me I will follow! Where He leads me I will follow, I will follow! Follow, all the way.
Thought For Today: All will be tested to see if they are loyal to Jesus! (Parker).