Weekly Devotional | Trading Gold for Iron

Rev. Seth Buckner, Heritage Baptist Church

Colossians 3:24 tells us, “Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” An interesting historical event occurred early in the 19th century. Frederick William III, the king of Prussia, was in trouble.

He had led his kingdom into costly wars while expanding his realm, and now he was broke. The entire country was out of money. He was desperate for ideas that would keep him from having to surrender to his enemies.

The king came up with a mastermind idea.

He asked the women to bring in their jewelry so it could be melted down for molding coins. He told them that for each gold or silver ornament they donated, he would give them something in return. Each giver would receive an iron token with this inscription, “I gave gold for iron, 1813.”

The reaction of the people of Prussia was simply amazing. They loved these gifts from the king far more than their old jewelry, because the iron tokens showed proof that they had sacrificed for the king and kingdom.

Through this event, the Order of the Iron Cross was born. The only jewelry people of this order wore was their cross of iron. The Prussians were given the chance to look less attractive to the world to prove their love to their king. Christians have that same choice.

Self-centered actions have no place in the kingdom of Heaven. Choices faced today will either draw you closer to or move you farther away from the Lord. Hebrews 12:28 says, “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

Someday every believer will spend eternity in Heaven with limitless riches. Your small gift today could change your future and greatly impact the Kingdom of Heaven.



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