A romantic at heart, I have secretly desired a story book life. One completed when I am crowned princess of the kingdom and then live happily ever after. I can’t say that this was a complete conscious thought but it’s in there. A desire to be considered significant and making a significant impact on the world around me. In actuality, I believe this is innately in each one of us but life experience can cause it to go dormant. Planted deep inside us when we were created was a knowledge that we are not of this world but of a greater one. We are each a child of the king.
I AM A CHILD OF THE KING
CLOTHED IN A ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
CROWNED WITH THE CROWN OF SALVATION
I CARRY THE SCEPTER OF THE CROSS
I AM A CHILD OF THE KING
Can you read the above with confidence? Do you recognize yourself in each line? Truth flows through it not because I say so but because the Lord declared it in His word.
Jesus instructed His followers to pray identifying God as “our Father”. He could have said “His Father” or even “the Father” but He chose the word “our”. Such a little pronoun, but its use declares our spiritual parentage. Throughout Scripture, Believers are referred to as children of God. Accepting Jesus grants each of us this privilege. Romans 8:15 says “ you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, ‘Abba, Father.’” (New Living Translation) He is our Daddy in heaven.
As His children, we are clothed by Him. When the Father in heaven sees us, He sees only righteousness. How can that be? I know I’m not perfect. Romans 3:22,23 addresses this very issue. “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” We are gifted with righteousness when we receive Him. Not because of our own actions but because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. We, as His children, must continually accept that gift and pursue right living on a daily basis.
A royal scepter represents authority. Like righteousness this is not something we attain on our own abilities. It is granted to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The cross is the source of any authority or power each of us possess. “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority...having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead… And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Colossians 2: 10,12,15
In ourselves we have no authority. The power and authority is completely Christ’s. His sacrifice gives us complete access to Him, so nothing evil has authority over us. We stand against it in the name of Jesus. In His name is all power and authority. 1 Corinthians 15:20 “But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.”
God has accepted us into His kingdom and family. He has granted us access to Him on a daily basis. Our response is important to the fulfillment of His kingdom here on earth. With this in mind, pray the Lord’s Prayer.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses,
as we also have forgiven who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one. For yours in the kingdom, and power, and glory forever. Amen.
When life gets difficult remember who you are. He has paid an exceptional price for you. Love him with your whole life. Take His hand and live this exhortation from the apostle Paul. 1 Corinthians 15:58 “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”