10 These were the chiefs of David’s mighty warriors—they, together with all Israel, gave his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the Lord had promised— 11 this is the list of David’s mighty warriors: -1 Chronicles 11:10-11
Chronicles notes the lives of a small band of men whom David called his mighty warriors. These men both led Israel’s military as well as provided for his personal security. What did David value most about these men? It was not their muscles; it was their loyalty.
Readers often overlook this essential trait of the mighty men. Yes, their descriptions include killing hundreds of enemies, taking down most-warranted insurgents, and even killing a lion in a pit on a snowy day. But many men could fight; few could both fight and commit their lives to serving the king.
Still today, God seeks loyalty as one of his most important traits. The Lord has given us many skills, yet others can often accomplish the tasks we can perform. What cannot be copied is our loyalty to the Lord.
On a scale of one to ten, what level of loyalty do you have to the Lord? We all have room to grow; the goal is to live today the way you want to be remembered tomorrow.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.