Let’s talk about loyalty. Loyalty is firm and constant support of an organization, person or cause. Disloyalty is the absence of loyalty. There is no middle ground. Loyalty survives the highs and lows that are natural for every person and organization. Disloyalty rides the highs, but bails in a low. Loyalty chases opportunities for the organization. Disloyalty chases selfish opportunities, even at the expense of the organization.

 We can look to scripture to unpack the nuances of real loyalty: 
1 Chronicles 12:18 — Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: “We are yours, David! We are with you, son of Jesse! Success, success to you, and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.” So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.
Amasai makes an amazing pledge of loyalty to David. 
  • This pledge was initiated by the Spirit. This pledge of loyalty is not Amasai’s idea: it is inspired and crafted by the Spirit of God. Loyalty is a spiritual issue. God cares what you are loyal to and how you are loyal to it.
  • After the pledge, David elevates Amasai and the Thirty. Loyalty is a leadership issue. Leaders elevate you when you are loyal to them.
  • The Thirty went along with the pledge as if it were their own. Loyalty is a followership issue. If you are a spiritual leader, your followers will be as loyal to you as you are to your leader.

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Amasai makes five loyalty statements to David. You can use them to evaluate yourself — How loyal are you?

1. We are yours.

Amasai was saying that he and the Thirty were at David’s disposal. Loyalty is personal. It requires you give yourself over. Most of us struggle with loyalty because it requires surrendering yourself to something or someone. You cannot be loyal to your church without giving part of yourself to it.

2. We are with you.

Loyalty doesn’t stand distant from the leader to see how things goes. It requires you to stand with your leader through the highs and lows of the journey. This is a bone-deep solidarity, not lip service or half-hearted applause. Loyalty is skin-in-the-game, not evaluating from the sidelines. 

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3. Success to you.

Loyalty wants to see the leader’s vision come to fruition. Loyal followers work for the success of the leader’s vision, whether they understand the vision or not. 

4. Success to those who help you.

Loyalty extends to the team. You can’t undermine the team and be loyal to the leader at the same time. This requires you to embrace your spot on the team and value other people’s contribution.

5. God is with you.

Loyalty is spiritual in nature. Loyal followers pray for their leaders. Loyal followers recognize the favor of God and believe in God’s nearness to their leader.