Americans in general are fascinated with the Bristish monarchy. Everywhere I turn, magazines and tabloids have the latest scoop about the royal wedding, who’s fighting with whom, and how the new generation is changing the way things have been done for centuries. I can’t imagine how Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, puts up with the constant paparazzi and being so much in the public eye all the time. Every decision is scrutinized, from what she wears to a wedding to how she and her husband plan to raise their children. She has to be ready at every moment to be photographed, even upon leaving the hospital with a newborn. Very little in her life is truly private. She’s being watched all the time. It must be exhausting. Frankly, I’m glad I’m not royalty.
You may not realize it, but in one sense you are royalty. All Christians are sons and daughters of the Heavenly King, and therefore, you are a prince or a princess. Strange thought, isn’t it? No, you may not have the paparazzi following you around, but make no mistake, people are watching you. Neighbors, friends, and family members want to know if your walk matches your talk. Okay, so maybe you go to church, but what about the rest of the week? Do you swear regularly? Lose your temper easily? Drink too much? Gossip? Or is your life different than that of the world?
Paul reminds us in Ephesians that your life as a Christian should set you apart. “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
That’s the kind of life you should live as God’s child. The mark of a Christian is a life of humility, gentleness, patience, love, unity, and peace. No, you won’t do it perfectly. You’re still a sinner, after all. But your sin has been paid for by the blood of Christ. He made you a member of His family, part of His royal household. And to top it all off, one day you will receive the crown of life in heaven.
No doubt about it, you are royalty after all.