It is said that the eleventh-century German king, King Henry III, who having grown tired of court life and the pressures of being a monarch, applied to a monastery to be accepted for a life of contemplation. The religious superior of the monastery, Prior Richard, is reported to have said, “Your Majesty, do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard for you because you have been a king.” Henry replied, “I understand. 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 placed you.” When King Henry, III died, a statement was written: “The King learned to rule by being obedient.”
We too, like King Henry, often tire of our role and responsibility. But we need to be reminded that God has placed each of us in a particular place to be faithful. Be it as a plumber, accountant, teacher, mechanic, mother, father, pastor, or a minister, God expects us to be faithful where He has placed us. And so do others! Moses, the great leader, said: “Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
There is nothing more fulfilling than to know that God is faithful and He will never leave nor forsake us. This is also true for a husband, a wife, a child, a businessman, a friend or someone we put our trust in. It is a very solid feeling to know that someone who is close to us is dependable.
Here’s some thought provoking questions: “Do you apply the same standards of trust and faithfulness to your life as you expect from your spouse, your mechanic, your pastor, or others?” Is your car faithful if it will only start once in a while? If your refrigerator will produce cold occasionally, is it faithful? If your hot water heater provides icy showers when least expected, is it faithful? Should you miss a couple of loan payments, does the bank consider you faithful? Does PG&E consider you a faithful customer if you are delinquent on your monthly bill? If you show up to God’s house on occasion, are you considered faithful?
We expect faithfulness and reliability from others and from things that pertain to life. Should we not do unto others as we want them to do unto us? Think about how disappointing it is when a person, place or thing lets you down. And how aggravating it is when you are depending on their faithfulness and they are a no show. Now let’s reverse the role. You don’t want to be known as a bag of hot air, one who makes promises and does not follow through.
Keep this in your memory bank: dependability and faithfulness are a quality much more precious than dollars. Remember the feeling of solidarity that comes from faithfulness then pass it on to others. For more info you can visit us at www.JoyChristianMinistries.com
Pastor J.C. Myers, III
Pastor J.C. founded Joy Christian Ministries in 1992. He was Sr. Pastor at Joy Christian Ministries in West Sacramento, California from 1992-2016. He was succeeded by his 2nd son, Pastor Brandon Myers who had been under his father's ministry and teaching for 39 years.