Finding Loyalty

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

For many, the sight of a Doberman pinscher strikes fear. But to their owners, these dogs are known to be the most loyal and faithful of companions.

This is no accident. The breed derived its name from Louis Dobermann (who lived in what is today eastern Germany). A former dog catcher, he determined to breed dogs that could serve as night watchmen, able to recognize and respond to threats, and alert him to impending danger.

These dogs also were bred to be both rugged and intelligent, to have extraordinary scenting capabilities, and the speed and endurance necessary to cover long distances in a short amount of time.

History has demonstrated that these dogs accomplished these objectives. They have proven their value in countless police and military operations. They make ideal guard dogs, and are assets in search and rescue operations.

Perhaps most noteworthy, Dobermann wanted dogs that would be loyal companions and friends. They have developed the nick-named “Velcro dogs” because they stick to their owners. After his death in 1894, the breed was named in his honor.

This level of loyalty can be bred into dogs, but it can be difficult to find it in people. The Bible says that “many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?” (Proverbs 20:6).

Being loyal involves many qualities. This means being faithful and keeping promises. Being dependable through all situations. Putting aside selfish interest and valuing personal commitments.

The Bible makes clear that God looks for people who are loyal, who seek first His kingdom, willing to die to self, take up their cross daily, and follow Jesus, committed to serve Him.

In your life, ask God to help you be loyal in your relationships with others. But, most importantly, loyal to Him, with the right priorities. Totally committed. Surrendered. Faithful.