I’ve been interested in the recent news clips of the life, death and funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. As is usual at funerals, nary a word against her has been spoken: all comments and opinions have been most positive, mentioning her dedication to service and duty to her country. But then, she has received positive comments and opinions all her life.
Queen Elizabeth has left an honorable impression on the world, and has done so all her life. At the age of 21, before she ascended the throne, she pledged to dedicate her life to service of her country. She followed through on that pledge. All her public oratory has been dignified, thoughtful, and caring. She has promoted peace and unity with grace. She did not promote division. She was poised, and gentle. All she did and said was for the good of her people and country.
I think of this, and write of this, because it occurs to me that she exemplified the life of a true servant, and we, as servants of Christ, can learn something from her. At all times she put aside her personal life, her personal feelings, in deference to those she served. She knew, at a young age, that she would be a monarch, and that the most important way she could fulfil this important duty was to die to self and live to serve others. From testimony of those who knew her well, this wisdom and strength came from her Lord, Jesus Christ.
She left behind a positive legacy. She did not seem to seek to serve special interests, she did not appear to work under the table or accept bribes. Those who knew her and served her understood, from beginning to end, that she lived to serve the country as a whole, that she lived to do good to her people.
May we learn from her, and do the same: may we set aside our selves and serve our King, our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 10.33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Philippians 2.3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Matthew 20.28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.