Keep Walking In Obedience To Your Calling
Today’s lesson comes from “Philippians 3:12-16” in which the Apostle Paul said, “Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also. Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that”.
Today’s thought is “Keep Walking In Obedience To Your Calling”
A story was told in Leadership Magazine about a king in the eleventh century called King Henry III of Bavaria. King Henry one day grew tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch, so he made an application to Prior Richard at a local monastery, asking to be accepted as a student monk and to spend the rest of his life in the monastery.
“Your majesty” said Prior Richard, “Do you understand that the pledge here on becoming a monk is really one of complete obedience, and that will probably be hard for you because you have been a king?” “I understand” said 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 Prior Richard. “Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.” When King Henry died, a statement was written: “The king learned to rule by being obedient.”
The Apostle Paul said that we are to keep pressing every day towards the highest and most rewarding prize in Christ Jesus, which is to follow His call and be obedient to His will for our lives.
Like King Henry, because we live in a rapidly changing and also face pressure and even bordom, we are tempted to skip from place to place and focus on things other than what God has called us to do. Your blessing and reward will come because of your obedience and faithfulness to what God has called you to do, and to serving in the place where God has assigned you.
Paul said that those who are mature, should hold onto this conviction of faithfully serving in what God has called them to do, and the place where God has called them to serve. He further says that those who are not mature are to allow God to show them the right and proper path of faithful service.