Knights of Christ – Godliness

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (KJV)

Knights of Christ Book has a Website

Daniel Biddle, the author of Knights of Christ: Living With the Virtues of Ancient Knighthood, has a website. Not only that, Mr. Biddle has essentially placed all of the material inside the book online. If you didn’t want to pay for the book, you could read all the material for free.

Pay for the book.

Virtue 1 Godliness

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (KJV)

Mr. Biddle opens this chapter with, “Being godly means imitating God in your daily life.” What does that mean? He very quickly quotes I Timothy.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1 Timothy 6:11 (KJV)

The questions he asks at the end of the chapter are poignant to building a life that is “godly,” but especially number five.

“What does a godly life look like?”

Well, what does it look like? The point of that question isn’t to go looking for other people who are living a godly life. The point of that question is to look in the mirror and decide if that life looks like a godly life. If it doesn’t, what needs to change to make it look closer to a life that someone else would look at and consider godly?

Someone who ascribes to be elevated to the title “Knight” shouldn’t be trying to figure out how to massage scripture so that what is being done now is “approved.” The lives we modern humans live are many things, but “approved of by God” is not one of them. That is a harsh statement, but it is true.

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-26 (KJV)

“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” All. Not some, not a few, not most. All. So, what does that mean for someone who wishes to carry the title Knight? It means hard, convicting introspection to identify and scour away those things that keep us “…short of the glory of God.” How do we do that? Study. Relentless, persistent, focused study on the Bible and where we find differences between our lives reflected in the mirror and what is written on the page, effort to change. It won’t be easy. It won’t be quick. It will be worth it.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:23 (KJV)

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant

This old proverb is one that we don’t here very often in our fast-paced 21st century. But it is well worth bringing back into use. Because it is attributed to Robert Louis Stevenson, and seemingly no one else, and because it agrees in principle with other Stevenson sayings, though the actual source is allusive, it is quite likely that it came from him. Also, because he was Scottish, this is listed as a Scottish proverb. It has great depth of meaning, and goes back to the biblical principle, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” 

As members of this holy order, each day of our lives
should include planting some seeds of faith, hope and love.

A Spy Turns to Christ

Is your plan procrastination or are you willing to walk with God now? 12  So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (KJV)

The following was written by a chaplain of an Ohio regiment
on May 18th, 1863, near Carthage, Tennessee, after he was asked to pray for a condemned

“I found Mr. Smith exceedingly anxious to converse upon the
subject of his soul’s salvation, about which, until the time of his arrest, he
had felt no interest…He had been a soldier in the rebel army, from whom he
deserted some time before his arrest…Those who had been acquainted with him
represented him to be a very wicked and cruel man…His wife and children seemed
to absorb his whole attention. ‘What will become of my poor wife and children?’
he exclaimed, while at the same time his whole frame shook with agitation…We
knelt together, and his cries for mercy and forgiveness, intermingled with
earnest solicitations for his wife and children, were truly distressing…as he
met me in passing from the jail to the ambulance which conveyed him to the
place of execution [he said] that he was ready to die; ‘the Lord has pardoned
my sins.;

I rode with him, seated upon his coffin, to the scaffold,
led him, assisted by the executioner, to the platform and in the presence of
2,000 (at least) soldiers heard him express the same hope…The white cap was
then placed over the prisoner’s face, and in a few moments his spirit was
launched into eternity…”

How tragic that a person would wait until his hour of death
to repent of his sins and trust Christ. Many who enjoy the pleasures of sin
think they will one day give their lives to Christ.

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