“True Royalty with a Mission”
If you’ve been watching TV, you’ve seen the headlines about the “Royal Wedding.” Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding at the historical Westminster Abbey in London. Some people are fascinated by this. Millions have lined the streets of London to get a glimpse of the “Royal” newlyweds, thousands have traveled to experience the “fairytale”, others set up their alarms for early hours to watch the celebrations from far away. Personally, though not a follower of these ancient traditions, I rejoice when I see young adults commit their love and their lives to each other before God. Marriage was God’s idea from the very beginning. On this day, I prayed for this couple and asked God to give them a lasting marriage, filled with love, health, happiness, and faithfulness.
In the days leading up to the wedding, I heard some TV reporters refer to Kate Middleton as a commoner. That was the one thing about the wedding that called my attention. It is difficult to accept that there are still people in this world that consider others lower. As I looked at several dictionaries, the definition of commoner is pretty much the same: a person who does not belong to the nobility. It is also interesting and inspiring to notice that someone who was called “a commoner” will one day be called “the Queen of England”.
Today, what do you feel like? A commoner, or royalty? Who do you identify with the most? A regular Joe or a symbolic prince, a Cinderella or a figurehead princess? What do you consider yourself, lower class, middle class, upper class? Are you an ordinary citizen or a VIP? How about in church, a regular member, a church leader, or perhaps part of the clergy? Do you believe in classes, categories, and if so which one do you fall into? Please, read the following verse, this is what God thinks of you:
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
(I Peter 2:9)
Today, you can have the assurance that when God looks at you, He does not see a commoner, an average Joe, or a poor Cinderella. You were created special in God’s image, Jesus gave His life and conquered death for you, me, William, Kate, Charles, Camila, your family, neighbors, and anyone who believes in Him. Money, material possessions, family names, or rank do not determine your worth or mine; Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection do. You are no ordinary citizen, you are especially chosen, you are royalty, you are holy, you belong to God, and none of these are symbolic; God chose you with the mission to shine a light of hope in your neighborhood. God put you where you are with the awesome purpose, to show your city God’s goodness and love.
Every time God looks at you He sees a Princess, a Queen, a Fist Lady, a VIP, a Prince, a King, an extraordinary person filled with gifts and talents. You are no figurehead, if you take these God-given titles seriously and use them to fulfill God’s plan for your life, you can impact the world.
Prayer: God, on this day I pray for couples who are committing to each other in marriage. Bless them and give them many years of love, happiness, health, and faithfulness. Thank you for creating me special, for making me a part of a chosen people, and true royalty despite my material possessions and rank. Please, help me to fulfill the purpose you chose me for. AMEN.