I was reading something this morning from 1 Thessalonians 2:12 where the Apostle Paul says, "so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory" and thought about Princess Katherine.
Before she married Prince William, she was a commoner, a normal person, a person not of royal descent.
But . . . when she married him, she was grafted into the Royal family, became a member and her whole life took on a new look.
She no longer behaves as she did before. Her whole life has been changed and she now must act with the decorum of Royalty.
Before we became Christians, before we were grafted into the heavenly Royal family, we were commoners and we behaved as we wished, doing what we wanted, going where we wanted and behaving in all manner according to our own dictates.
But . . . when we were grafted into this Royal family, our lives also took on a whole new look and we now must behave with the decorum of our new Royal roots. We now must take on the behaviour of one belonging to Royalty. We no longer speak as we once did, now our speech is seasoned with grace, gentleness, kindness and love. We no longer dress as commoners, we dress with modesty befitting Royalty. We no longer go or do as we please, we belong to the Royal family and there are parameters which surround our lives which we need to adhere to.
The Bible is full of verses which tell us what this life of Royalty looks like. There are verses which tell us that we may live in the world but are not to conform to the world. This is not just about our actions but . . . I believe it means we no longer 'think' as a commoner thinks, we now think as Jesus does, we take on His value system, the value system of Royalty. The Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes and many other teachings tell us now how we are to behave, speak etc.
Now that we are Royalty, our whole lives, everything about us must now be changed to reflect our new life. We are now Royalty! We are no longer commoners!
Can you imagine if Princess Katherine went about in jeans with holes in them, or bared her midriff, or sported body piercings and didn't do what her royal duties demanded but did what she wanted?? It would put a stain on the Royal family, she would bring shame to the Windsor house & name. Thankfully she has chosen to comport herself in a manner worthy of her calling and she brings them honor.
Why, when we have been grafted into the highest Royal family; the Royalty of King Jesus, why would we even consider that life should just go on as we please. We do not honor the King of Kings and we bring shame upon the Christian house, the Christian name when do not conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of our highest calling, the cause of Christ and His glory.
Onward we journey together in this Journey of a Life lived as Royalty. It's my prayer that each day we choose to walk in a manner worthy of being called a Child of God. I'm not saying it's always easy making the choice, but it's always rewarding and always pleasing to our King.