When it comes down to it, what holds your ultimate allegiance?
18 As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2 And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3 Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. — 1 Samuel 18:1-3 (ESV)
Where does your ultimate allegiance in life lie? And how would you know?
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” — John 14:15 (ESV)
If allegiance determines actions, then every action you take in every day life reveals who or what is holding your ultimate loyalty.
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. — Luke 14:26 (ESV)
For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. — Luke 9:26 (ESV)
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. — 2 Corinthians 4:8-12 (ESV)