Have you ever wanted to know the secret to being a king? During the eleventh century when King Henry III of Bavaria ruled, the pressures of being a king caused him to grow tired of court life. Believing that the role of a monk would relieve the stress of responsibility and provide a more restful life, King Henry pleaded his case to Prior Richard from the local monastery.
“Your Majesty,” said Prior Richard, “do you understand that to become a monk you must make a pledge of obedience? This might be a hard thing for you to do since you are used to being a king and making all the decisions.”
“No problem,” replied Henry. “For the rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.”
“In that case, you are welcome to become one of us,” said Prior Richard. “Here is my command for you. Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the job where God has placed you.”
A statement was written when King Henry died, “The King learned to rule by being obedient.”
I do not know if this story is true or not, but I do know that all of us are placed in positions of responsibility in different arenas. Although we are not kings, all of us feel overwhelmed and tired at times of our jobs. Yet to enter heaven hearing, “Welcome home, good and faithful servant,” we have to learn to be obedient and serve where Christ has placed us. Only then will we be prepared to rule and reign with him.
How would your life be different if you viewed your job as an obedience training assignment from God on how to rule and reign?
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In Him together, Susan Gaddis