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Faithfulness - Being true to my words, promises and deeds
Queen Elizabeth II, the current reigning monarch of the United Kingdom has a very curious and traditional title. Her Royal Majesty is known as the “fountain of honour”, a position that gives her the authority to bestow—on worthy individuals—titles and awards, such as knighthoods. She can appoint 1000 of these “knights” a year usually on the recommendation of the Prime Minister (or other Government officials). Knighting, it seems, keeps this British Monarch hopping.
Some of these knightly awards have just as curious names—here are two of my favorites. First there is the “The Most Noble Order of the Garter”, which I’m guessing that if you’re employed in the garment industry works pretty well for you. Second on my list is “The Most Ancient and Noble Order of (and I kid you not) the Thistle!” Never knew the thistle was quite so noble but this particular award is limited to 16 knights, all of which must be Scottish. So all you Scottish gardeners out there, keep up the good work, there is a knighthood just waiting for you.
The fact that the Queen has this power is a little unsettling to me, especially when I think of some of her choices for the honor of knighthood. Just a few years ago Rolling Stones vocalist Mick Jagger received the distinction of becoming Sir Jagger during the Queens birthday celebration. Seems to me that the “fountain of honour” went a little dry that day, perhaps someone spiked the royal punch during the party. The then 58 year-old rocker was delighted at his appointment, even despite the controversy raised due to his rather tarnished reputation. Womanizing and drugs just don’t look real good on the old knight resume but hey, he wrote some really cool songs, so lets make him a knight! Sarcasm aside, Jagger deflected the criticism with some interesting quotes, a kind of, “hey you get off my cloud” response. (Sorry couldn’t resist)
“I'm delighted. I never expected to get a knighthood. You think 'This is great' and then are very surprised, thinking 'Why is this?” Sir Jagger continued: "Whether I deserve one or not is not my place. I'm happy to get one. It's great recognition of what the band's achievements have been.
“I think the thing about honours is that you should never ask for them and you should never expect them, but I think you should accept them if they're given to you.”
You know, that quote really got me thinking, although one may doubt the sincerity of his words, Mister Jagger expressed something of eternal value. As unlikely as Mick Jagger was a choice for knighthood—even more so are we to be called God’s children. Yet the Father has bestowed on us the titles of sons and daughters. These are honors given, not earned, not based on reputation, or on merit, they are given because of His love for us.
“I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
2 Corinthians 6:18
The Heavenly Father proves His faithfulness to us through His fathering.
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.” Psalm 27:10
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5
This title of son is not to be taken lightly, to question its value or my value in the light of this great gift diminishes the honor given to me. To doubt whether I deserve it or not is moot, as an adopted son I am accepted and welcomed into the Kingdom. My response should be like Mick’s, not questioning the tribute but accepting it, humbly of course. The title takes me to a whole new level of relationship, no longer a slave but a son, one with rights and responsibilities that aligns my heart with the Father’s. God’s faithfulness is birthed in me as I walk by faith in that son-ship, and everything I touch is touched by that faithfulness.
In 1st Thessalonians there is a pretty good job description for a faithful son.
(5) “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. (6) So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled.”
So, if not like others, how should we be?
(16) Be joyful always; (17) pray continually; (18) give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”
A great recipe for faithfulness, don’t you think?