Passages: 1st Kings 13; Galatians 1:6-10; Acts 21:1-14
The most valuable resource isn't time, nor attention, it's discernment. Even a fool can waste his time and attention on the wrong thing. Maybe time is the most limited resource and attention is the one producing the most monetary value today but understanding what's true and what's real is of utmost importance.
God requires trust, priority, and loyalty. His expectation of us to trust and discern His Word (and what others say) is so serious. I'm grieved by the lack of wisdom I see from Christians, including my own performance. We have to be willing to have God as a priority including his will and agenda.
The chapter (1st Kings 13) talks about a prophet, a man of God who lacked loyalty. God tells him not to eat in the city. Furthermore, an older man of God literally lies to him to test him and causes the other prophet to get eaten by a lion. This reminds me of the loyalty. God expects from the Galatians, where he says that if even an angel preaches a different gospel to them let him be cursed.
Jesus had his loyalty improved it countless times. The best example is his prayer and actions in the garden of Gethsemane. He knew what was coming and still prayed the will of God to be done. He sure loyalty at all costs. Remember when he would rebuke the religious leaders?
In Acts, We see there were brothers who tried to change Paul's course. They even tell him through the spirit not to go on to Jerusalem (v. 4). Another time a man prophesies over Paul about how he'll be bound at Jerusalem (v. 11-12). Despite all this, Paul kept his course (v.14).
I'm encouraged when I consider important relationships, like a marriage, because the expectation would be to talk to your spouse before believing any rumors. To seek with curiosity instead of executing judgment, incorrectly assuming you have all the details.
God isn't unreasonable in His request for loyalty. In the next post we'll look at how God is continuously compassionate for us even in the middle of punishing us for our sins.