Few palaces rival Versailles for sheer opulence and size. When I visited I did not realize it is actually more than just a palace but a massive group of buildings and gardens. If it were to be built today the cost would be 31 billion dollars. That number is hard to even comprehend.

It is located on the outskirts of Paris and is the former home of French kings. The complex was commissioned by King Louis XIV, who moved France’s government to Versailles in 1682 and wanted a palace to match the glory of his reign.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the Hall of Mirrors. The elegant ballroom spans some 240 feet adorned with colossal arched mirrors, gilded statues and dazzling chandeliers. It is amazing to witness such splendor.

Versailles remained the epicenter of French royal power for more than a century until 1789. The French Revolution ended its governmental use but it remains a special place because of its beauty and legacy. It was also where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in June 1919 ending World War I.

King Louis XIV called himself the sun god. He literally believed everything revolved around him. He had symbols of the sun placed throughout the palace to remind people of who he was. His bedroom was in the very center of the palace so all knew he was to be the center of it all.

At his table, only he had a chair. All the guests sat on the floor so they could look up to him. He had a chapel in the palace where he worshiped every morning. But at Mass he had all the congregants say, “The king is coming” when he entered. The focus was always on him - even in church.

I Corinthians 15:25-26 tells us, “Christ will rule until he puts all his enemies under his power and the last enemy he destroys will be death.” There is only one king and his name is Jesus. Everything revolves around him not anyone else. His rule continues in this world until his second coming.

Jesus should the center of our lives. Everything should revolve around Jesus and his will for us. It’s all about Jesus not anything else. Nothing should matter to us more than Jesus. Our lives should be focused on what he wants more than what we want. In God’s kingdom, Jesus is the king of our lives.


About Rick McDaniel

Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of​ six​​ books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.

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