My kids love to watch “The Princess Diaries.” Mia, a normal teenager, discovers that she is in reality the princess of a far-away land called Genovia. She undergoes a major transformation, complete with a makeover and etiquette lessons. The awkward duckling emerges as a beautiful, royal princess and is expected by all to live happily ever after. It is the kind of story that makes us feel good. We all want the fairytale. We all want the happily ever after.
Life lesson: You are royalty
Today at church I talked with a single mom who is working hard to become a cycle breaker and is so determined to model a better life for her kids. I told her that she is royalty and that her Father will meet all her needs. I told her that she is a princess. She hugged me with a big smile and tears in her eyes. I know she doesn’t feel like a princess. She works long hours in a warehouse and takes night classes at the community college. But, it is TRUE! “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.” (I Pe 2:9). We are a part of the Royal Family of the Most High King. Not only are we a part, but God’s word says we are “chosen by grace, but if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” (
11:5,6). We are chosen members of His family. We cannot work our way in, perform our way in, or be born in. Nor can we fail our way out, fall out, or be kicked out. Rom.
God adopts us, grafts us into the bloodline of Christ, and begins the transformation. He takes all our awkwardness and sin scars and gives us a complete makeover. He teaches us how to behave like heirs and He expects us to reign. Romans 5:17 says, “For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.”
Here is the great news: He chose us to be royalty. He chose us by His gift of grace. He calls us to reign in this life through Jesus Christ. It is not a fairytale! It is our reality! When we discover our God-given identity, we will walk with our head held high and our behavior matching that of our King. Our happily ever after is guaranteed!