They were the potters who lived at Netaim and Gederah; they stayed there and worked for the king. (1 Chronicles 4:23)
In ancient times pottery played an important role in eveyday life. People used pottery for cooking, eating food and storing food. There was no ‘Tupperware’, glass jars or cast iron pots and pans, only clay. We read that these potters ‘worked for the king’. In today’s terms, that would probably amount to what we call a “Royal Warrant”.
To receive a Royal Warrant, accompanied by the prestigious appendage of “Appointment to His Majesty the King”, an institution has to have supplied either the reigning monarch, their spouse or the Prince of Wales for at least five of the last seven years to be considered. The products they supply to the Royal household are of the finest quality.
Some better known Royal Warrant holders are Twinings, The Ritz Hotel Piccadilly, Fortnum and Mason Piccadilly, and Burberry. They ‘work for the king’. It’s an extremely prestigious position to be awarded. Your business suddenly becomes very important when you are chosen to ‘work for the king’.
As Christians we too have been awarded a Royal Warrant. We are called to work for The King. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Saviour, He issues that prestigious warrant to us, “Appointment to His Majesty King Jesus”. We are appointed to:
“Work heartily for the Lord.” (Colossians 3:23)
I wonder what each one of us is doing today with our Royal Warrant. As John Wesley said:
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."
As Paul’s Royal Warrant drew to a close, he was able to honestly say:
“I have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)
Paul took his ‘Appointment” seriously. He spent his life in the knowledge that all that he said, all that he did was for his King. He loved his King and regarded it a privilege to be called to serve one whose very life’s blood had been shed for him.
Let’s thank God for our Royal Warrants and work with our whole hearts today.
“Work for God… the retirement benefits are great”
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