I Chronicles 12:33

Men of Zebulon experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty—50,000

During my grandmother’s generation they were very loyal people. She had her certain brands that she was loyal to. You couldn’t get just any kind of salt it had to be Morton’s Salt. She had certain Grocery stores and Pharmacy’s she had to use. She only had one church her whole life! She was loyal.

In this duplicitous society where people switch up their allegiance based upon how it serves their interests it is disheartening to discover that people as a whole just aren’t loyal anymore.

I think that’s why Jesus was so direct with the potential disciple who said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus told him, “foxes have holes, birds have nests but the son of man has no where to lay his head.” Jesus didn’t have time to deal with disloyal people. He already had one Judas.

When David was first building his army God sent him some valiant men, thousands upon thousands, but there was one particular group that stood out to me. There were 50,000 from Zebulun. They had some great leadership qualities that are needed for the people you have around you in your organization.

  1. Experienced Soldiers—you need some people who have been in warfare before. The adversity you will face will not be new for them and they will not run when its time to fight. People who have no experience warfare might leave you when its time to fight for your life.
  2. Prepared for battle with every type of weapon. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual. You need some people on your team who are prepared spiritually with different weapons like the ability to negotiate, conflict resolution, strategic planning, intercessory prayer and Prophecy.
  3. The gift of helps along with Undivided loyalty—you need people who are not bifurcated. They cannot have split allegiance. They can’t be excited about carrying out your vision and their own at the same time. They can’t listen to you effectively while somebody else is in their ear. They can’t say they love you with their lips if they haven’t been consistent in their steps. If they’ve been sent to you leaving you isn’t’ an option.

Loyalty looks like Ruth’s promise to Naomi :

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”Ruth 1:16-17
New International Version (NIV)

Dear God,

Surround me with loyal people. Help me to exhibit a character that is deserving of loyal companions. Today I will set the pace for drawing loyal people by first being a loyal disciple to you and a loyal friend.

In Jesus Name,

Amen