Posted June 08, 2004
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ... Romans 8:16,17
It seems everyone is talking about royalty with the recent marriage of Prince William and the now Duchess of Cambridge, Kate. The topic has reminded me how most of us ladies liked to pretend to be a princess when we were little. Everything was fairy tales and imagination.
I love the fact that I don't have to imagine that I'm royalty in Christ. When we accept the Lord as our Savior, we are part of his royal family.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:16,17
There are so many things we gain by being in our royal family. Let's take a look at some princess lives and see what royal treasures we have through Christ that's better than in a fairy tale.
In the story of Snow White, she was fair, kind and good. Just look at her name, Snow White. A royal treasure we have in Christ is that we don't have to be "Snow White" but we can be "white as snow", which is so much more rewarding.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
Snow White dreams of her prince coming. Remember that famous line? "Someday, my prince will come". One royal treasure we have as a Christian is knowing for sure that someday our King will come for us. In the "twinkling of an eye". Move over fairy dust! We girls sure love things that sparkle and twinkle, don't we?
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52
Snow White had the dwarfs as friends who loved her and looked out for her. One of the greatest treasures I have through Christ is having friends in the Lord that I have that royalty in common with so we can fellowship in Christ together. My friends in Christ look out for me too. Just another treasure the Lord has given me as His child!
Cinderella was the one with those three mean stepsisters and stepmother. Her wicked stepmother used Cinderella to do all the hard chores in the house and to wait hand and foot on her stepsisters.
Don't you love the fact that we don't have to work our way to Heaven? It's given to us freely when we accept Christ as our Savior. Now that is definitely a treasured gift from our King.
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Titus 3:5
Remember how raggedy Cinderella's clothes were? Her fairy godmother made her a beautiful dress to wear to the ball. Everything I do is only like "filthy rags" but with Christ I can be clothed in righteousness because of what He did for me.
This treasure is so much more beautiful that anything Cinderella wore to the ball.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21
In the story of Sleeping Beauty, the princess, Aurora, is cursed by an evil fairy, Maleficent, and Aurora pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and falls into a deep sleep. She should have died but her good fairy friends intervened and the spell wasn't as powerful, so she was to sleep until her prince came to give her a kiss and wake her up.
As a Christian, when we die, we are just asleep in Christ, and He will take us to heaven to live with Him. What a wonderful treasure we have from our King!
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14
As the Sleeping Beauty story goes on, the prince is captured by Maleficent, and put in a dungeon. The good fairies release the prince and give him a magical sword to make his way to the princess.
The prince then has to forge his way through obstacles, the biggest being a dragon, that was really the evil Maleficent. The prince uses the magical sword to win the battle with the dragon.
Christ gives us something to fight with too. We are to take the armor of the Lord (Ephesians 6) to fight the daily battle against the devil, and he's much more wicked than a villian in a fairy tale.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
The Sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) is so much better than a magical sword that the fairies in the story came up with. It can help us slay our obstacles with force. It's definitely a treasure we shouldn't keep under a glass case, but we should get it out and use it.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God Ephesians 6:17
The Princess and the Pea
Remember this princess story? A young princess is tested as to her claim to royalty by having to sleep on 20 mattresses and 20 feather-beds. It was a test of her sensitivity. She passed the test as she had a restless night because of a tiny pea under the mattresses.
I'm happy I have a King that can vouch for my royalty.
Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his... 2 Timothy 2:19
Sometimes we do have things in our lives (or under our mattress) that keeps us from sleep. We get little worry peas under there or perhaps they feel more like watermelons, but I'm thankful that we have a wonderful Lord to give those worries over to.
It's such a treasure that we can find real rest by leaving it in the hands of our King.
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22
Being part of the Royal Family of God gives me the treasured assurance that someday my King will come and peace will reign in a far off land with the Prince of Peace. Because of my royal heritage I will go to heaven someday. I'll have my happily ever after and I have a King that loves me with a true and lasting love.
The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:1-3
So, are you part of the Royal Family?
Copyright ©2004 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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