Well, the office is a flutter because, well, apparently Kate just had the baby and its a boy. 🙂 England is saved for another generation.
Amidst hearing the older ladies scurry about and giggle “its a boy!”, I can’t help but feel the weight of it. Its a king. Yes, the English monarchy is mostly a political figurehead, but I don’t know that you could fully argue with being at least a little impressed with the concept. A child is born. A king has entered the scene. No pressures, little one…
Nothing like being pre-destined for greatness.
And then it all kind of came together for a minute…
I started reading Dr. Tony Evans’ new book Kingdom Woman. Yes, I am already simultaneously reading Grace-Based Parenting, The Holy Spirit, Parking Lot Rules, Unbroken, and doing the Gideon study and the Make Today Count audiobook. Apparently I have commitment issues…and I am a glutton for getting in over my head. I am most comfortable when I have more to do than I have of the possibility of completing anything. Anyway, I’m only a little bit into the book, so it is still fairly introductory. As such, part of the initial build up focuses on the idea that being part of the Kingdom of God is pre-requisited with the notion that there is something to even be a part of. Something worthwhile and meaningful. Belonging to this kingdom means that you become a part of it and you sort of showcase it as part of your identity. He likened it to the window of a saks fifth avenue store with its merchandise in the front advertising what is inside.
That child will live this life with the knowing that he was born a king. He may live in greatness and honor and valor, he may at times not quite live up to it all. but that doe not change his birth title. I think this is what it is like to be born again into the kingdom of God. When someone enters into the salvation of Christ, he or she is born a king or a queen at that moment. No opting out of the role. No taking off the mantle for a day here and there to just “blow off some steam”. It is now who we are. Just as much as this earthly example.
This is not only an encouragement to stay the course and fight the good fight in honor and valor, but also a reminder of your intrinsic value. God has imparted upon us a kingship. When someone is born into this kingdom, the whole kingdom holds its breath for a moment in reverence for the weight of what has just happened. You are specifically chosen and crafted and greatly anticipated. You are a part of something glorious. You are special. and You are of a royal line and a royal priesthood. Walk in it. Own it. Live it.
Eph 4:1-6: …I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.