I was teaching a lesson on being a child of the King to my 10–13-year-old girl’s Bible study. We discussed how a princess would think about themselves, dress, act etc. We had some interesting insights to say the least. Royalty acts snooty. They think they are better than everyone else. They always wear the nicest and most expensive clothes and expect everyone to wait on them.
As children of THE King, how are WE supposed to think? How are we supposed to act? How do we dress?
A royal heir thinks he or she is better than everyone else and everyone should wait on them (or that is our perception anyway). But what does our Handbook for Living as a Royal Heir tell us?
Romans 12:3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
I grew up thinking this verse was only about humility and about how bad I was in and of myself. And while there is truth in that, that is only part of the exhortation. It goes on to tell us to think honestly and clear minded about the faith and gifts we have been given and how we use them. We should not pretend to better than anyone. Equally we should not act as if we are worthless.If I stayed held down by thinking I was no good, unworthy, or without value. I would be serving the Father of Lies, not the Father of LIGHT!
If I stayed held down by thinking I was no good, unworthy, or without value. I would be serving the Father of Lies, not the Father of LIGHT!
How and what I think of myself needs to be based on Truth.
To know the TRUTH, I must spend time with Him (the Way the Truth and the Life), learning about Him, reading about Him, talking with Him, investing in a relationship with Him. The more I know HIM, my King, the more I will recognize the truth and my value in Him.
Here is another truth about how we should think as a child of the King.
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges[;he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8
The attitude of Christ is an example of being a leader through serving, sacrificing, and being obedient to our Father’s will.
Knowing the TRUTH helps us to know our value and will keep us from searching frantically for it in what the world has to offer us.
Next week “Royal Heirs are Beautiful People”
My name is Keri Willis. I am a semi-retired educator. I spent a great deal of my career working with adults with developmental disabilities and many years in elementary education, in the classroom and as an administrator. My main ministry now is coordinating the women’s ministry for our church in San Diego, CA. I have been married thirty-four years and have two grown and married children. I now have a head of full grey hair and good ideas.
I believe we are created to use our gifts and to be creative. That comes in many forms for me. I love to woodwork and use power tools, design, decorate, garden, and create new recipes. And I love to write. One major lesson I have learned in my writing journey is that I need to be still and listen to hear God’s voice before I am prepared to put into words the message he has instilled in my heart. This has been much easier since I am no longer working full time, but it is so easy to get distracted and not listen, which almost always ends with an empty page in the form of writer’s block.
While I have written many articles for newsletters and local newspapers, I did not consider myself a writer until I self-published my first book, Teapots and Power Tools. https://www.amazon.com/Teapot…/dp/1466458763/ref=sr_1_3…
The idea emerged as I was working on a project in my garage. I had worship music playing, power tools out and saw dust flying. I glanced up and saw my delicate teapot sitting on my router table. The message was clear. Sometimes we are using the power tools God gives us and sometimes he just wants us to be still and have tea with him. The book became the foundation for a women’s retreat, and then my amazing niece helped me work through publishing it on Create Space (now KDP).
At least five other projects are in different stages of production. I joined hope*writers to help motivate me and keep me focused and accountable. I am still trying to figure out the whole website and blog thing. That is my next goal for myself; that and finish writing at least one of my projects!
Teapots and Power Tools: Effectively using the tools God has equipped you with, while taking time to “Be Still and Know That He is God”
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Used with permission from Keri L. Willis.