New Loyalty

David also commanded all the leaders of Israel to help Solomon his son, saying, “Is not the Lord your God with you? And has He not given you peace on every side? For He has delivered the inhabitants of the land into my hand, and the land is subdued before the Lord and his people. Now set your mind and heart to seek the Lord your God. Arise and build the sanctuary of the Lord God, so that the ark of the covenant of the Lord and the holy vessels of God may be brought into a house built for the name of the Lord.”
1 Chronicles 22:17-19

Years ago as I was driving down a road in North Carolina, I got behind a four-door car that caught my attention.  What caught my attention was the license tag.

I had never seen a license tag like it before in North Carolina, or really anywhere on the East Coast.  It had a rainbow on the license tag, and above the rainbow the name of the state. You know the name of the state?  Hawaii.  And underneath Hawaii it read “The Aloha State.”  Then I noticed a bumper sticker on the back of the car that read “I Love Maui.”

As I was behind that car, I thought, “There is a great likelihood that that guy did not drive from Honolulu to North Carolina.”

He didn’t drive from Hawaii to North Carolina and he could not drive from North Carolina to Hawaii. So that tells me he had to go through a lot of trouble to make sure that he had that license plate that read “Hawaii” and that bumper sticker that read “I Love Maui” on the back of his car.  He was living in a new place, but it was very obvious that his loyalties were still back where he came from.

Do you see the spiritual implications for that in our lives?

Through Jesus Christ we have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness and sin into the kingdom of light, through Jesus.  But it is very easy for us if we are not careful to hold on to that old loyalty, and let this world around us, consume us, and control us.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!