Fresh Hope – 5th April 2018

I love anything royal. My fascination with royalty started when I was 14 years old watching the royal wedding of Mary Donaldson, a real estate agent from Australia, to Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark. Fredrick had met Mary in a restaurant in Sydney when he was out in Australia for the 2000 Sydney Olympic games. Mary’s life was changed forever. She became a crowned princess, moved to Denmark, and learnt the language and culture. My love for all things royal continues with the British Royal Family – I read books about them, watch documentaries on them, retain all sorts of random facts about them, and genuinely find the history and customs of the monarchy fascinating!

If you are a member of the Royal Family, your entire life is destined to represent the reigning king or queen to whom you are related. Obviously the current Queen of England cannot be present for all 2,000 engagements that are carried out each year by the Royal Family, so she sends her family members on her behalf as her representatives. The role of a royal isn’t actually to sit on a shiny throne being waited on. Their job is in fact to SERVE the nation and beyond. They support and encourage the public in charity and meet with a wide range of the public to understand their interests and concerns. The Queen is also the over-arching AUTHORITY of many prime-ministers and leaders of many nations.

All through scripture God uses royal language in reference to our position in Christ. We have been adopted into a royal family ourselves. Only our father is crowned the ‘King of kings and Lord of lords’ (1 Timothy 6:15). This means that we are as royal as they come! We have been given a royal mandate. 1 Peter 2:9 says, ‘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’. Being part of the royal family, means we not only have access to all the resources of God, and the inheritance of Jesus, but we also have a God ordained authority. But this authority isn’t at all for selfish gain. We are a chosen people to represent the king and His kingdom. We are called to operate in authority, but with a servant heart.

Scripture says we are seated ‘on the throne, at the right hand of the father’ (Ephesians 1:19-21). The right side of the throne represents a special place of honour. It is a place of both intimacy and authority – and this is our position as part of God’s royal people!

No matter where you are from and who you are, you have been called to rule and reign in life! You have been given both authority, AND the identity to serve others in such a way that represents the King of kings! Get rid of your pauper thinking and realise who you represent.

Emma Burchell

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