Britain’s new heir to the throne recently arrived by way of Prince William and Kate Middleton. He will, no doubt, receive all the benefits of royalty. He has become and will continue to be one of the most famous children in the world. Do you think it’s because of anything he has done? No, he came into the world just like all the rest of us. He will eat and need clean diapers just like we did. His head will wobble for months and he’ll look like a bow-legged cowboy when he finally learns to stand. And just like us he’ll land on his bottom a few times when learning to walk. However, photographers will scramble with every cry, coo, and wobbly step he offers. Not because of who he is, but because of who his father is.
It’s the same with us. Our Father gives us the benefits of being sons and daughters of the Almighty King. We are “a chosen people, a royal priesthood, God’s special possession that we may declare the praises of Him who brought us out of darkness into His wonderful light.” We are children of the King! We get to sit at the royal table, eat the royal food, and enjoy all royal rights and privileges. However, our nobility is not exclusive – we get to invite others to join us in our majestic lifestyle. Unlike the infant heir, we rose from the ranks of the paupers to this great inheritance. We know what life is like on the other side, so we should be even more thankful and eager to share our own stories.
Just in case you’re in need of a little extra encouragement today, listen to Paul as he reminds the Romans, and us, what God said through the prophet Hosea: “I’ll call nobodies and make them somebodies; I’ll call the unloved and make them beloved. In the place where they yelled out, “You’re nobody!” they’re calling you “God’s living children.” (Romans 9:25-26, The Message)
It doesn’t get any better than that!