"Undercover Princess"

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By: Angela Parsley

1 John 3:1a, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (NIV)



Remember when we were little kids on the playground? We had silly disputes about our dads. We said things like, “My dad is stronger than your dad” or “My dad can beat up your dad.” Well, our Daddy as Christians is the King – The King of all Kings, God Himself.



Once we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become children of God. He graciously adopts us into His family. The King of the universe becomes our Father. That means you are a princess.



There is a great scene in the movie The Princess Diaries that depicts this perfectly. Mia, the main character, never knew that she was born with royal blood. She, being the only heir, was an unknown princess until one day she found out her father was a king in a foreign country and she was needed to step up to her royal position.



Mia was a very awkward girl who just wanted to blend into the background, but her status required other things of her. She was expected to live up to her title. That is how it is with us and God. We may not want to accept our royal status at first, either because we don’t believe it’s true or because we don’t want the responsibility that comes with it. As royalty, we do have certain responsibilities. People are watching to see how you respond to situations; they expect more of you and you set the example for others. They also critique you more harshly.



However, you also have certain privileges as royalty. First, your status won’t change. You are forever royalty. You also get to experience things you wouldn’t have otherwise – feeling God’s love and knowing He’s proud of you, knowing true satisfaction that comes only in Him, a huge family of royal brothers and sisters all over the world, direct conversations with the King Himself, your very own body guards to protect you (a.k.a. angels)…the list goes on and on. There’s also the blessings you’ll experience in Heaven.



You may not think or feel like a princess, particularly if you had a difficult childhood or a father who hasn’t shown you you’re loved or cherished. But that is what you are and that truth should drive your life. If that’s hard for you, ask God to help you see yourself through His eyes. He loves you outrageously and adores you. You are precious and valuable to Him, and nothing can change that reality – nothing you or anyone else says or does.



Being royalty is not always easy but it is very rewarding. Being a daughter of the King makes you one of the most fortunate people on this planet. What will you do with your royal status? Will you use it to lead other people to godliness, to know your Father the King? Or will you squander it? The choice is yours. But always remember you are and always will be precious to your Father.



Prayer:



Father, thank You for adopting me into Your family. Thank You for Your amazing and great love that You lavish freely on me. Help me to realize who I am in You and live up to it. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.



Related Resources:



For Such a Time as This, by Lisa Ryan



Do You Know Him?



Think About It:



What do you think of the fact that if you are a Christian, you are royalty?



If you ever think of anyone who was adopted it was because they were chosen by someone. That is what God did with us. He chose us and adopted us into His royal family. How does it feel to be chosen by God?



Live It:



Take some time today to write a note in your journal to God. Thank Him for choosing you to be part of His kingdom.



Power Verses:



John 1:12-13, “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God.” (NIV)



Romans 8:15-17, “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 himself 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, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (NIV)


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1 Comments:

Blogger Winnie said...

Angela, I thought this post was a great use of contrast to the movie. Very well said, and brings a lot of truths to who we are as royalty. It painted a refreshing picture in my mind of being in the throne room with the King, having a face to face conversation, and seeing His adoring eyes look right through my innermost being!

Glad you shared this today! Keep up the good work, and may the Lord continue to use you in His perfect plan!

Winnie

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