Royalty: a term and concept we have understood for decades. Starting with the first significant monarchy in the Bible, the reign of Saul, to the modern-day reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, royals are those who have a direct bloodline to the inheritance of a kingdom.
When I was little, I always dreamed of being a princess. What little girl doesn’t dream of being a princess, with the beautiful gowns and little tiaras? I would make sure my pinky was always up when I held my drink because to me, that was a true mark of a princess! However, being surrounded by boys, I also had “princess breaks” — so I could play in the mud! As I grew older, reality set in, and I realized I was not an heir to the throne of England. Even though I’m not the next in line to Queen Elizabeth II, I am an heir to a bigger kingdom, and so are you!
Called To Be Heirs
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17).
The Bible clearly states that the children of God — those who have been born again of water and Spirit as spoken by Jesus in John chapter 3 — are heirs of God and have an inheritance of a kingdom. Because of the blood shed at Calvary, you have a direct bloodline connection to the King of Kings! Young lady, I encourage you to recognize yourself in Christ. You are royalty!
Royalty and Responsibility
Now that we know who we are, we should recognize our responsibility. Sadly, being an heir does not mean you get a life full of dresses, tiaras, and tea parties. Royals still face reality, and with reality comes responsibility. Having royalty means you represent the monarch, not the monarchy. In other words, what you represent is bigger than yourself! Your dress matters, and your attitude is important.
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is one of my biggest inspirations for fashion. She represents her status in her dress and in her demeanor. Proverbs 31:10-31 shows us a perfect description of what a true lady of God looks like: A virtuous woman is far more than outward appearance; she’s her words, her actions, and her heart.
“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness” (Prov. 31:26).
Oh, how I have found myself in turmoil over this verse. As a young lady, I am passionate and ready to voice my opinion at all times. However, I have come to the conclusion that through my passion, I have to show poise and grace, because as royalty, I represent not my kingdom, but HIS kingdom! My language, my attitude, and my tone of voice ALL matter when representing a virtuous woman.
When I was a young teen, my mother would always correct my posture and tell me to hold my shoulders back because I was a lady. However, now that I’m an adult, my mom isn’t around to remind me all the time. It’s my job to not let my back slouch. It is our own individual responsibility to conduct ourselves as royal princesses of Christ.
The feminist movement is sweeping across our country. Women’s voices have never been louder. We have more influence than ever before! Instead of using our voices to negatively impact society, let’s encourage God’s Word in our culture. We are called to be holy, to be separate.
Although Moses lived in Egypt, he was not called to be an Egyptian. Stand against culture and its twisted views of what a lady should represent.
I am currently taking a philosophy course for my baccalaureate degree, and my professor puzzled me one day as she questioned our class. She asked, “Why do you not wear dresses in winter?” In all my passion, I wanted to include my response, but I felt as if I should stay quiet and listen. Sometimes, staying quiet and listening requires more wisdom and strength than speaking!
Different people in my class started with, “Because it’s outside of the social norms,” or “Because people will look at you funny.” I understood what they were saying, however, as royalty, we’re not called to fit in: we’re called to be royal; we’re called to be holy! I don’t know about you, but that makes me excited, not insecure! I know why I dress the way I do, and I know I can be confident about it.
Confidence and Pride
Don’t let today’s culture define who you are. Let God’s Word shape you into being the virtuous woman He has called you to be.
When fear and insecurity flood your thoughts, remind the enemy who you are: a princess! Confidence should come from God, not from society. When your confidence is based on society, it turns into pride. Comparison is one of the worst things as a princess you can find yourself caught up in. One of my favorite sayings is “Comparison only leads to two things: pride or insecurity.” Pride in royalty can lead to a Jezebel spirit.
In I and II Kings, Jezebel was the wife of King Ahab and persuaded him and Israel to abandon God. King Saul’s insecurities led to arrogance and pride, which inevitably destroyed him. Jezebel and Saul teach us that pride kills not only you, but also those around you.
We represent a kingdom far greater than any here on earth. Because royals have such an inheritance, much is required. Royalty calls for responsibility, confidence, and humbleness. May we live out our calling as princesses in the kingdom of God like never before.