Everyday Stewardship

It would be kind of awesome to be a king or queen! Absolute rule, untold wealth, and people answering your every beck and call are things that wouldn’t be half bad. Of course, I would be a benevolent monarch and I would hope that all my subjects would love me. They could cheer me as I came out of the palace and I think my popularity ratings in the polls would be through the roof. But if they weren’t that would be fine too because I would rule the kingdom and that means no throwing me out of office. Talk about job security!
As great as that sounds, the King of kings could have had all that as well, but instead he chose quite a different path. He gave up absolute rule so all his subjects could have the free will to choose to follow him. He gave up untold wealth so he could be treated like a common criminal and receive a death sentence. He gave up having servants at his disposal so he could be the servant of all his subjects himself. Yes, he was the King of kings, but he was nothing like a typical king, and as much as I think it would be great to be a king myself, I would rather emulate this King instead.
Who would you rather be like? You could have it all or choose to give away everything. You could choose a path of luxury or a path of trial. You could be respected by many or find yourself in a culture that increasingly finds you objectionable. Who would you rather be like? Do you arrive at an answer quickly or do you need some time to think about it? The King of kings awaits your reply.
Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS