We Are Royalty
Growing up in England, I didn’t realize the significance of the Royal Crest on the label of our favorite brand of ketchup and jam. It was a sign that signified quality: a Royal stamp of approval. It is good to know that the Queen is stocking her pantry with the same things I’m feeding my family! After all, we are royalty too:
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” — 1 Peter 2:9
We may not have all been naturally born into a life of privilege, but we have all been born-again into a Royal family. We have been adopted into the family of God (Ephesians 1:5) and are chosen by Him and set apart for great things (John 15:16).
A Royal Identity
Recently, Prince George was born into the Royal household. He did nothing himself to deserve such opportunity, or favor. The benefits he will enjoy growing up are based on his birthright, not on his performance. Yet, as a member of the Royal family, he will be raised differently. It won’t only be because he lives in splendor, but it will affect the way that he thinks. He will be raised with the knowledge of who he is. He will learn that he has a defined purpose, that he is a leader, and as such it will influence his choices: the relationships he engages in, the career path he pursues, etc. His lifestyle will reflect his calling and identity.
As children of God, we have been given a new identity. This was nothing that we earned, but it comes with all the benefits of a Royal birthright: favor (Luke 2:52, Romans 8:17), provision (Psalm 34:10), protection (Mark 16:18, Ps 91), and purpose (Ephesians 2:10)!
The challenge comes when we look around us, and our situation doesn’t match up to what we believe. It is easy to become discouraged and start agreeing with the world’s view of us, rather than God’s.
King David had to overcome this very thing. When Samuel the prophet anointed David as king, he was the least likely of all his brothers to amount to much. David was the youngest, so he was not even invited to the king-picking party—they had to go get him in from the sheep field! It must have been an awkward moment. Samuel made them all remain standing while they waited on David’s arrival! (You can read this in 1 Samuel 16-17.)
So, David was anointed king. What happened next was not a gold chariot, robe or Royal feast. No, he went back out to look after the sheep! It took a while before anything in the natural changed. Meanwhile, inside David knew that God had set him apart for great things and He was with him. It was this identity and confidence in his relationship with the Lord that produced the boldness that he needed to defeat Goliath!
In the face of adversity, David killed that giant first in his thinking as he saw himself as the victorious king that he was appointed to be.
Therefore, be encouraged today that the Goliath’s in our life may look huge, but they are there to be defeated. Inside of you is everything it takes to win in Jesus name! It’s time to get our ‘Royal’ on, and live as heirs to the King of Kings!