One key thing the Coronation highlighted for me was this: we are all called to a life of service in one way or another. Watching the Coronation live on my friend's TV, as it rained outside, on a day that happened to be of great significance for the nation, was nothing short of insightful. My eyes darted to some of the workers behind the scenes in the cold rain, helping to put their stamp on this historic moment in time. From the uniformed officials parading the streets, to the people lined up across the streets looking to get a glimpse of the King's Golden carriage as it drove past, to the reporter in trainers who shuffled back and forth amongst the crowd in a bid to get good coverage as events unfolded. I started to realise that this day, was a significant one indeed. Because, it demonstrated what it means to be called to service and to honour that role to the best of one's ability with utmost humility.
Even though the coronation and all the glorious trappings of the star-studded events that followed it is now over, it has left us an indelible lesson to take forward. And that is, that God is still very much in control. Seeing that the ceremony was a religious one, where the King had to make a vow of service to God, it showed that despite the world becoming increasingly Godless, that we are still (very much) accountable to God. And we will have to give account to God, on how we did the things he has called us to do, during our time on earth.
Another lesson that couldn't be ignored was this: just like a King is called to serve his people and his people are there to serve him, no role is too obscure when it comes to doing God's work. Because what God requires is for everyone of us to play our part with diligence, humility and less sense of entitlement, so that he can be the judge of how well we carried out our calling. In the book of 1 Peter 2:17 the Bible reminds us of what it means to have a sense of duty and accountability to God, ourselves and others when it says,
"Respect everyone, and love the family of believers, fear God, and respect the king."
Meaning, firstly, everyone of us is worthy of respect and respect is something we should also give to others. Secondly, having a fearful reverence for God, to serve and obey him is paramount to our success in life. By success, I don't mean money, I mean the success of achieving God's will and purposes for our lives. Lastly, having respect for those in authority. This is not just for the sake of being law abiding citizens, but is a God ordained instruction.
So, though the Coronation is over, let us learn from the experience. How? By holding fast to the calling God has given us. That is, if we know what they are, or better yet, ask him to show us his calling for our lives, if we don't know what they are. But most importantly, let us aim to do works that will be pleasing to God. Works that would make us boldy declare, like Paul in the Bible, that we too "have fought the good fight, have finished the race and have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 2:7)
As humans we are fallible. Infact, more often than not, we easily make mistakes that can sometimes hurt ourselves or others. I guess that is why they say " To err is human and to forgive is divine." Forgiving someone, especially when they've caused you undue pain, is not easy to do. Which is why Jesus taught us to forgive and demonstrated what it means to forgive through his death on the cross. Hope this encourages you to address the issue of forgiveness where you find yourself struggling to forgive others. Stay blessed and keep on going!
I leave you with this encouraging song by Madison Ryann Ward entitled 'Keep Forgiving'. Something to remind us to let go of past hurt and keep on forgiving.
I'm Kemi West. A simple Christian, learning to live life, through the teachings of Jesus Christ according to the scriptures. I’m looking to share the gift of Christ with others.