In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria became tired of his responsibilities as king, the pressures of international politics, and the mundane worldliness of court life. He made an application to Prior Richard at a local monastery to be accepted as a contemplative, to spend the rest of his life in prayer and meditation there.
Prior Richard responded, “Your Majesty, do you understand that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard for you since you have been a king.”
“I understand,” Henry said. “The rest of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you.”
Prior Richard responded, “Then I will tell you what to do. Go back to your throne and serve faithfully in the place where God has put you.”
After King Henry died, this statement was written in his honor. “The king learned to rule by being obedient.”
Each of us ultimately obeys either the righteous commandments of our Heavenly Father, or the “rule of lawlessness.” We must willingly choose to put ourselves under authority, including the authority of God. To fail to do so is to have “no law” other than our own whim, an unreliable source at best!
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. ~ 2 John 1:6