But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
The young royal couple, Prince Harry and Meghan, are nearing their final event as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. For those who view their decision to step aside as a tough but positive move realize that Prince Harry possesses inner strength and the admirable quality of total commitment to his wife and their son. Ongoing speculation remains amid the media hype as to why one would choose to give up a royal status to live an ordinary civilian life. For intimate reasons known only to the young couple who love and honor one another, they willingly chose their happiness as a priority over birthright and status. As long as they remain faithful, the cords of love will bond them together, and they will adapt and live successfully because of their resiliency and their values.
Are we aware of the change in our status when we accepted God? 1 Peter 2:9 uses very descriptive words to define who we are and who we belong to; yet, we fail to embrace our royalty.
- So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them; male and female, he created them. Genesis 1:27. We have not evolved from organisms or mutated from an animal form into human beings. God says that He created us in His image. Humanity who was created to walk upright, to experience maturation–physical and mental growth and development. Throughout the life cycle, from the infant stage of helplessness to adulthood, we were given the innate ability to recognize what is dangerous and the power of choice to care for ourselves.
- Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. We belong to God, which means we praise Him in the way we dress, the music we listen to, the programs that we watch, our temperament, and our morals and values.
- Get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, outcry, and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32. WE are God’s special possessions; therefore, the unconditional love that is freely given to us, in turn, we provide that unconditional love to others as reflected in our interpersonal relationships and without exclusivity.
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.…Galatians 5:22-23. As a chosen people, the character traits that are acceptable to God are pre-determined by God. Our thoughts, behaviors, and actions are to reflect our love and obedience to God’s holy standards for our lives.
- The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17. The common factor of the royal priesthood is not pride, we are bound to God and to one another through humility and brokenness.
- If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for the asking. James 1:5. Because we are part of a holy nation, we do not live our lives according to whims, nor seek after pleasurable desires. Our lives are not chaotic or based on unhealthy and unproductive choices because we serve a loving God who gives us wisdom if we only pray and ask for it.
Amidst the temptations of life, still, we must strive every day to live for God. Validate your royal status through daily prayer and study of the Bible, speak into existence, “I belong to God.” Praise God that we do not have to relinquish our titles to have God’s peace, love, and joy. Continue to walk in the light, in a little while, we will receive our heavenly crowns from the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020