“To many of us our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life. I, like so many of you, have drawn great comfort in difficult times from Christ’s words and example.” – Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth lived a remarkable life. From the beginning of her reign in 1952 to her recent death, Queen Elizabeth witnessed an incredible span of history. She reigned during man’s walk on the moon, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Gulf War, the invention and explosion of the internet, the birth of social media, the war in Afghanistan and other momentous occasions that have shaped our countries history. Fourteen U.S. Presidents took office during her reign. She was a source of stability for her nation and she had to adapt in order to continue to provide effective guidance and care as the head of state. Her reign truly was extraordinary and I doubt we see another reign like it in history.
She was England’s beloved queen. Yet, she acknowledged a greater ruler in her life. She knew that in order to be a good queen that she had to have a relationship with the King. In order to govern with strength and mercy, she needed to follow the teachings and example of Christ. When tragedy struck and it often struck the royal family, she leaned upon her faith. As she witnessed the changes of time and the different seasons of her life, she tried to follow the teachings and example of the ultimate King in her life.
Queens and kings come and go. King Charles now reigns over Britain, but his reign will end one day. Prince William will probably become King William and the monarchy will continue. Until one day, there will be no more kingdoms except for one. The kingdom of Christ will be the only kingdom left. Christ will reign throughout eternity. No one else will assume the throne of leadership. Christ will rule with perfect love. Christ will be the last king standing and his reign will be perfect.
I believe Queen Elizabeth understood this and governed in response to this reality. As we live our lives, we need to ask ourselves if Jesus is the King of our lives. Are we following His commands? Are we seeking to emulate His example? Is He the true King and Lord of our lives and is our ultimate allegiance to Him?
Queen Elizabeth was a good and honorable queen. Her reign wasn’t perfect, because she wasn’t perfect. There is only one perfect King. His name is Jesus Christ and He desires to reign in our lives now and throughout all eternity.
Have you acknowledged Him as your King?