I was teaching a lesson on being a child of the King to my 10–13-year-old girl’s Bible study. We discussed how a princess would think about themselves, dress, act etc. We had some interesting insights to say the least. Royalty acts snooty. They think they are better than everyone else. They always wear the nicest and most expensive clothes and expect everyone to wait on them.
As children of THE King, how are WE supposed to think? How are we supposed to act? How do we dress?
A royal heir thinks he or she is better than everyone else and everyone should wait on them (or that is our perception anyway). But what does our Handbook for Living as a Royal Heir tell us?
Romans 12:3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
I grew up thinking this verse was only about humility and about how bad I was in and of myself. And while there is truth in that, that is only part of the exhortation. It goes on to tell us to think honestly and clear minded about the faith and gifts we have been given and how we use them. We should not pretend to better than anyone. Equally we should not act as if we are worthless.If I stayed held down by thinking I was no good, unworthy, or without value. I would be serving the Father of Lies, not the Father of LIGHT!
If I stayed held down by thinking I was no good, unworthy, or without value. I would be serving the Father of Lies, not the Father of LIGHT!
How and what I think of myself needs to be based on Truth.
To know the TRUTH, I must spend time with Him (the Way the Truth and the Life), learning about Him, reading about Him, talking with Him, investing in a relationship with Him. The more I know HIM, my King, the more I will recognize the truth and my value in Him.
Here is another truth about how we should think as a child of the King.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[;he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
The attitude of Christ is an example of being a leader through serving, sacrificing, and being obedient to our Father’s will.
Knowing the TRUTH helps us to know our value and will keep us from searching frantically for it in what the world has to offer us.
Next week “Royal Heirs are Beautiful People”