Updated: Feb 2, 2019
When I was a kid, like most young girls, I dreamed of being a princess. In fact; at one point when I was about 5 or 6, I demanded that everyone refer to me as "Your majesty." Well I happened to have a very quick witted grandmother who saw an opportunity for a pun and took it.
One day, she had asked me to help out with some cleaning around the house, I was mortified. I told her that princesses do not clean (where I got this logic, I have no idea). She looked at me for a moment before she said..."OK, you're right... but about this name...how about instead of calling you "Your majesty" we call you "Your royal highness" but since that's so long we could just shorten it to "Your royal Hiney."" This sounded fantastic to me, I was so glad someone was finally on board. Little did I know that they were calling me a Royal Rear end. This has literally never lived me down. To this day select family members still refer to me in this manner.
I know this may seem irrelevant (though humorous), but how is it that as children, we understand more of our worth than we do as adults. As children we know in our hearts that we are destined for greatness. It never fathoms us that there could be any other possibility.
What if those dreams and childhood fantasies are actually not that far off? What if we are called to greatness? What if you and I are actually descended from a royal blood line?
Spoiler Alert: We are!!!!
God is King of all the earth (Psalm 47:7). In verse 103:19 it takes it further and tells us that His kingdom rules over all. Now that we've established that God is our High King and ruler, what does that mean for us?
Ephesians 1:4-5 puts it this way:
"Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be Holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure."
So, through your faith in Jesus you are now part of God's royal blood line. You are now His children (Gal 3:26). This is a birth right that you gain when you are born again (John 1:12).
God promised to not leave us as orphans to this world (John 14:18) and He fulfilled this when He sent His son to die for our freedom (Gal 4:5).
Now that you are no longer a slave to this world and are a child of God, you are now His heirs (Gal 4:7). You are entitled to the birth right that once belonged to Abraham and his descendants (Gal 3:29).
In preparing to inherit His glory, we must also understand that we will also share in His suffering (Rom 8:17). Not because God doesn't love us but because there are too many people in this world who don't know Him and therefore don't recognize our value as His children (1 john 3:1).
Though we may experience pain and suffering on this earth it doesn't take away from our "Royal" privileges and inheritance promised to us in Heaven for eternity. We have a promised seat waiting for us next to Christ (Eph 2:6). There are many verses describing what the kingdom of heaven shall look like and what we can expect. I believe it's far beyond any earthly kingdom we could even imagine.
Bask in this glory as the realization of all of our childhood fairy tales set in. You my friend are a princess and have a royal inheritance waiting for you. You are the prized jewel of a King (Mal 3:17).