Causes of Disloyalty Part 2
Philippians 1:15 – Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will.
2 Samuel 15:1-6 – After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. Now Absalom would rise early and stand beside the way to the gate. So it was, whenever anyone who had a lawsuit came to the king for a decision, that Absalom would call to him and say, “What city are you from?” And he would say, “Your servant is from such and such a tribe of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your case is good and right; but there is no deputy of the king to hear you.” Moreover Absalom would say, “Oh, that I were made judge in the land, and everyone who has any suit or cause would come to me; then I would give him justice.” And so it was, whenever anyone came near to bow down to him, that he would put out his hand and take him and kiss him. In this manner Absalom acted toward all Israel who came to the king for judgment. So Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
The first incident of disloyalty was when the devil wanted to dethrone God and rule over heaven. He nursed this ambition and embarked on a coup against God but he lost. It is not wrong to be ambitious but ambition becomes evil when disloyalty gets into the mix. When in doubt on whom to be loyal to, be loyal to the vision that God has given the set man. If anyone encourages you to follow them away from God or the God given vision of your organisation, either directly or subtly, you should disembark from such a journey or relationship because it never ends well. Paul, the apostle said, ‘follow me as I follow Christ’.
Absalom wanted the throne of his father. Being a prince was not enough, so he began to subtly undermine his father and before long he stole the heart of the men of Israel. Never be careless with your relationships. Always evaluate the motivation and the direction of each relationship. There are people that always believe that they are best at and for every assignment. These kinds of people use their insecurity to breed disloyalty and lead people to destruction. Always be watchful of the people who always have a negative thing to say about everyone and everything except themselves. Be watchful of those people who always give credit to how many years and things they have done to get to their position to the detriment of the vision. Please be aware that people’s secrets and intentions are in their stories and actions. Let your ambition be pure and constructive.
Loss of focus and spiritual ‘lukewarmness’
Revelation 3:14-16 – And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write ; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Another reason why Christians become disloyal is because of the loss of their first love for God. When this happens the spirit of luke-warmness sets in. These kinds of people need a lot of prayer and not condemnation because something went wrong and amiss. It could be as a result of changing circumstance, challenges or spiritual attack. Many easily forget that the devil is always looking for ways to dilute their loyalty, one way or another. He does so by luring them into losing out on what God has purposed for them. He brings all manner of distractions and trappings into their path. In some companies, you get double pay if you work in certain jobs at the weekend, particularly on Sundays and I have seen many Christians fall for it. Friend, when the miracle job is taking you farther and farther away from God, you need to sit down and revaluate. Jesus Christ the saviour of the world was equally busy but He still had time for God. It’s time to be principled and prioritise things in your life. Don’t lose your first love.
Bad company and uncontrolled passion
1 Corinthians 15:33 – Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners
Friend, we are all products of influences. Nobody is greater than his or her association. Who you associate with is who you become. When the people you are moving with are making you doubt your relationship with God and encourage you to reduce your commitment to the things of God, I would advise you to abandon such people. Friend, you are either an influencer or you are being influenced. No relationship leaves you the same.
For Further Study
Luke 22:24; 2 Timothy 4:10, 1 Timothy 4:1, 1Kings 1:1-6
Personal declaration for the day
I will not allow disloyalty in my life in Jesus’ name.
Questions for you to reflect on
Who do you spend most of your time with?
Who are the greatest sources of influence in your life?