The Order of the Iron Cross
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."1
I have read how, "During his reign King Frederick William III of Prussia found himself in trouble. Wars had been costly and in trying to rebuild the nation, he was seriously short of finances. He couldn't disappoint his people, and to surrender to the enemy was not an option.
"After careful reflection, he decided to ask the women of Prussia to bring their jewelry of gold and silver to be melted down for their country. For each ornament received, he determined to exchange a decoration of bronze or iron as a symbol of his gratitude. Each decoration would be inscribed, 'I GAVE GOLD FOR IRON, 1813.'"
Apparently, "The response was overwhelming. The women prized their gifts from the king more than their former jewelry. The reason why is clear, the decorations were proof that they had sacrificed for their king. It even became unfashionable to wear any other jewelry. And thus was established the ORDER OF THE IRON CROSS."2
I wonder how much we who name the name of Christ and call ourselves Christ-ones (Christians) are willing to sacrifice for and give of our best to our king, King Jesus—and receive from him the ORDER OF THE WOODEN CROSS?
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, in light of all that you have done for me—in giving me the gift of life, pardon for all my sins, and the gift of eternal life—please give me a truly grateful and willing heart so that I will always give of my best for you in all that I am and do. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
NOTE: To receive God's gift of forgiveness and his promise of eternal life read, "How to Be Sure You're a Real Christian" at: http://tinyurl.com/real-christian.
1. Galatians 6:14 (NIV).
2. The Pastor's Story File, April 2004, 3.