It is a mistaken belief that God requires our loyalty. Believing this makes our God a small and punitive God; He is the opposite.
The truth about our God is that both His Love and His Loyalty are One Way. Because of our Father’s character, He loves us. Because of Jesus’ character, He bestows Compassion, Grace and Mercy. Because of the Spirit’s character, He is loyal to us. And God never expects anything in return.
God was in my life before I was ever in His. He watched over me and saved my life countless times. This is not hyperbole, it is literal. And if you read my blog consistently, you know my testimony. Did God bestow His Gifts upon me because I did good deeds? Of course not.
I was given unconditional, irrational Love, generous, lavish Grace and steadfast, unwavering loyalty expressly because my life was messy and because I had no good deeds in me to give. I was a lost lamb and God sent Jesus to rescue, redeem and restore me.
Whoever you are, whatever your beliefs, God seeks to rescue, redeem and restore you. And no matter what others tell you, you don’t have to do or say a thing in order to receive His love, His grace and His loyalty. God has always been the One who initiates a relationship with us. He does not seek punishment; He does not seek blind faith or loyalty. He simply wants us to accept His love and open invitation into His family.
Resting in His invitation is what David the shepherd boy expresses so exquisitely in the Twenty-third Psalm and perhaps why we are so moved by it. Be comforted by Him. Let Him lift you now. Let Him soothe your fears and make you whole again.
The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always.
He provides me rest in rich, green fields
beside streams of refreshing water.
He soothes my fears;
He makes me whole again,
steering me off worn, hard paths
to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name.
Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness,
I am not overcome by fear.
Because You are with me in those dark moments,
near with Your protection and guidance,
I am comforted.
(Psalm 23:1-4, The Voice)