January 20                                         Day 20

How Then Shall We Live?

Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life

“To obey is better than sacrifice, and to harken than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22

Obeying God’s Call in Your Life and King Henry III of Bavaria

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In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch. He made an application to Friar Richard at a local monastery, asking to be accepted as a contemplative monk and spend the rest of his life in the monastery.

Your Majesty,” said Friar Richard, “Do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard since you have been a king.

I understand.” said king Henry. “The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.”

Then I will tell you what to do.” said Friar Richard. “Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.

When King Henry died, the statement was written of him, “The King learned to rule by being obedient.”

This story illustrates something people struggle with their whole lives. Always thinking that they must be somewhere else other than where they are now. How many times have we asked God to make us someone else, take us somewhere else, change our circumstances, or change our lives? The Lord wants you to obey and serve where He has put you this very day.

God has given each of us different gifts. It is in our nature to try and look beyond our circumstances for a meaning for the life that we live. God longs to bless us in His work more than we long to be used, but it is God who promotes and anoints us for His service in the place that we are called.

Often times He has us serve in places that seem unimportant to us, but they may actually be a training ground for what is to come. David was told he was to be a King by God’s prophet, and then landed his next job as a shepherd in the fields. But, it was only in fighting lions and bears as a shepherd in the fields did David learn to slay giants like Goliath.

If God is calling you to do something, do it now. He will give you the strength to fulfill what He wants you to do. There is no greater feeling than to experience God stretch us beyond what we feel capable of doing or achieving. God would not give you the burning desire you have in your heart if you were not capable of its fulfillment.

 


 

Words to Think About…

 

You must learn, you must let God teach you, that the only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.” – Phillips Brooks, quoted in Heirlooms

Abraham Lincoln used to say,Whatever you are, be a good one!”

The cure for dullness in the pulpit is not brilliance but reality.” – Principal P. R. Forsyth