If I am being honest, many times I hear people say “You are a princess of the King,” and I think it is cheesy. I feel like it is something that would be very effective for a class of 5 year old girls, but not for me. Recently, I did a personal study on the word kingdom and went through all of the verses recorded in the concordance of my Bible. The very first instance was in 1 Chronicles 29:11 “Your is the kingdom…”
As I glanced at each verse throughout the scriptures I became aware of a few themes:
- The kingdom is God’s alone. (1 Chronicles 29:11, Psalm 22:28, Matthew 6:13, John 18:36, Hebrews 1:8, and Hebrews 12:28)
- God’s kingdom is eternal. (Daniel 2:44, Psalm 45:6, John 3:3, and John 3:5)
- Not everyone will enter the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:21, Matthew 3:2, Matthew 13:11, Matthew 13:38, and John 3:3)
Some of these are hard to rea. But, I want to approach them from a loving perspective and one with great haste as a believer. I am going to start backwards and move up the list.
Not everyone will enter the kingdom of God. This is out of scripture itself and should not be taken lightly. This should be a statement that compels us as believers not to waste our time on earth. Have you ever thought about how once you pass away and your life on earth is over, you will be made whole, but you will no longer be able to witness to the world? Our timeline of impact and evangelism is short. I think about this sometimes, and it moves me to live a life that is worthy of the calling I have received. John 3:3 simply states, “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” (NIV) We do not need to place unnecessary personal responsibility on ourselves. We do not save people, Jesus does. However, we need to be sharing the good news, loving on our neighbors, and living lives that speak on behalf of our faith in Jesus.
God’s kingdom is eternal. Isn’t that a wonderful fact!?! Once we are in His family, we are in it forever. We cannot be kicked out or ignored. The moment we accept Jesus, is the moment our name will be written in the eternal book of life! It is astounding that the Lord has a perfect kingdom waiting for us. This gives us hope in an unstable world with war, fallen leaders, corrupt governments, and broken residents. There will not be royalty based on birth rights, all will be given a crown (laurel wreath) as sons and daughters of the Most High God!
Lastly, the kingdom of God is His alone! Thank goodness, because if it was up to us, we would have an eternity reflecting our broken world today. It is so nice to be in the trusted hands of our Savior. The Perfect, the Holy One, the God of Israel, the King of Kings! So many times we strive to be in control, but it is a beautiful gift when we can release our fears and be carried by the One who knows best.
So, my perspective is changing… I am going to embrace being a princess. I am royalty. Maybe not in this world, but I am a Cinderella story waiting to happen. We, as believers are the royal family of God. He is our everlasting King and desires that all may come to be in His kingdom of Heaven one day. If you do not know the Lord, then, cling to this, the moment you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and God raised Him from the dead… you will be SAVED! You will be SECURE! You will have your place in the kingdom of Heaven.