Here we are for our second installment of Living As Royalty. The purpose of this segment is to firmly establish our royal identity using biblical texts responsibly. By no means do we ever want to distort a biblical passage to serve our preconceived notions. Rather, we must let the bible be our teacher and conform our thoughts and opinions to the Truth of God’s Word.
As I was thinking about our royal identity, God highlighted four ways that someone could become royalty in the natural sense. They were: being born as royalty, being adopted by royalty, marrying into royalty and being granted a title. This post covers the second way of becoming royal – being adopted. We will discuss the last two ways in our next two installments.
In the last post we explored the Truth that we are, in fact, God’s children – legitimately born to Him through water and spirit. That is enough to secure our royal position, but we have been so conditioned to live with a pauper mentality when it comes to God that we must examine these other ways that we take our place as royalty. If even one of these four ways of becoming royalty were true of us in a natural sense, we would be earthly sovereigns, invested with power and authority. How much truer is our royal identity in God’s Kingdom when all four ways of becoming royalty are true of us!?
Lest I digress beyond repair, let’s examine our adoption. The Apostle Paul clearly lays out the theme of adoption in Romans:
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,” Romans 8:15-17.
We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves, we received The Spirit which makes us sons! The presence of the Holy Spirit within us is testimony that we are God’s children. It is by the Spirit that we cry “Daddy! Father!” And again, if we are children, then we are also heirs of God’s Kingdom with Christ. This is not presumption, it is predestination. This is not something we are forcing ourselves into, it is something that is freely offered and given to us by God’s grace.
“In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will,” Ephesians 1:5.
God predestined us to be adopted. It is HIS will that we be sons and heirs of the Kingdom with Jesus. Do you realize what that means? It means that if you resist your royal identity and refuse to live up to your royal duties and obligations you are being disobedient to God and resisting His will! Woah!
So the Truth is this: I must submit myself to God’s will – and it is His will that I be a ruler with Christ. To refuse to walk in this calling is not humility – it is arrogance of the highest degree. Why? Because it means we think e know what we are capable of better than God does. We think our inability is more powerful His ability. We think our unworthiness is greater than His grace.
It is submission to His will, and taking our rightful place, that is the humble and obedient thing to do. Are we capable in and of ourselves? Of course not. But HE is capable and HE can and will use the weak and the foolish to shame the powerful and wise. Amen.