Royalty

Did you not know? Royalty? Yes!

How did that happen you ask? Well, this amazing thing happened when Jesus died on the cross, was
resurrected to life and made redemption possible. Paul mentioned this in his letter to the Colossian
churches in Colossians 1:9-14

     “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you
     may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
     so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in
     every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with
    all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy;
    giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the
    saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us
    to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins”

Peter also talks about it in his first letter 1 Peter 2:9

     “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own
      possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of
     darkness into his marvelous light”

What does this mean?

Well, essentially we are now in God’s kingdom! We are no longer slaves of this earth but as sons and daughters of the Kingdom (Galatians 4:7). This also means that if our Father is King…we are therefore royalty! Awesome. John expresses his awe and admiration of our Heavenly Father’s love in 1 John 3:1:

      “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!”

After we let that sink in through the power of the Holy Spirit, the next step is for us to ensure that our mindset, actions and characteristics are in line with our title as kingdom citizens and heirs of the Father. We essentially must ‘walk’ as children of God. Paul mentions that we must “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.” This means that whilst putting on the armour of God and solidifying our identity in Christ Jesus, we must walk as royalty, try our utmost to be Christ-like and exude attributes of royal behaviour. Doing this will bring glory to our Heavenly Father.

Ok, so now you know who you are a royal. The next question is:

How do we behave like royal citizens of the Kingdom?

James points out in James 2:8 that walking in love is what royal people do.

     If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your
     neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

Narrowing this down to being a Royal daughter, there are three main attributes that should be evident in any lady that identifies as the King’s Woman.

1. Dedication

We must live a life that is dedicated to the King, to Jesus Christ. He must become the Lord of our life in every aspect. This should be evident in the way we live our life, where our attention is. Praying, reading and meditating on God’s word, fellowshipping with other believers is key.

2. Virtue

Our lives should reflect moral excellence that befits our calling, shunning darkness and looking on to the light of life. When the Holy Spirit’s work in us is unhindered, others begin to see the fruit of the Spirit, which is love recognized as kindness, patience, long suffering, peace, faithfulness and gentleness as seen in Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. These are the things that build and give strength to character.

3. Nurture

It is the cultivation of the fruit of the Spirit that will enhance our ability to nurture (although this may be instinctive for women, many of us need to be trained and taught how to nurture in a godly and kingdom focused way). We need to be able to nurture ideas and people. Be the encourager, the supporter, be the one who takes a seed and grows it into a beautiful flower or fruit. As Paul says to the Colossians, we pray that we are all filled with the knowledge of the Lord and His rich mercies day by day so that we might walk in the way befitting of royalty to the glory of the King.

Amen.

 

Authored by Ekpemi