"The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him."
6th Day: THE KING'S SERVICE
In our last meditation we saw that we enroll
ourselves in the service of our King at our Baptism,
our Confirmation, whenever we offer ourselves to
God. What is the nature of that service?
It is a service obligatory on all. Every rational
being born into the world is bound to enlist in it,
and that under the severest penalties. This follows
from our relation to our King as our Creator and
our God. Whether we acknowledge the obligation
or not, it continually is present for us, and embraces
our whole life. No human being is exempt from the
service of his Creator. Do I recognize this relation,
and do I rejoice in it?
The service of the King, though obligatory,
is not compulsory. We can hold aloof from Him,
and serve other masters, if we choose. He does
not force the free will of any of his subjects. Man's
perverse will can, if he chooses, set itself in opposition
to the will of God, and can so remain
through all eternity. It is in the hands of each individual
man to enlist in his King's service or not.
How have I used my liberty? Have I attached myself
to my King in willing subjection, or stood
aloof from His service?
Yet we must join some service. If we do
not serve our King, we shall of necessity fall under
the dominion of some other master. Independence
is impossible to any created being, however
much he may desire it. To shirk the service of
the King is to sink into some form of vile and disgraceful
servitude. It is only in His service that
true liberty can be found. Do I realize and act