Attitudes like, “God keeps me poor to keep me humble” are not going to win many people.
Romans 5:17 in the J.B. Phillips translation says, “For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thing that through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings!“. I could write a blog post about how, if we are supposed to be living like kings (or queens) we should not be living in debt, struggling to make it from day to day, just the same as everyone around us. I could write about how our lives are supposed to be attractive to those around us, about how attitudes like, “God keeps me poor to keep me humble“, are not going to win many people. But I’m not going to focus on that aspect of this verse, although it is certainly true that our homes and what we own should reflect our position as kings and queens. But as I said, I’m not going to talk about that, instead I want to focus on behaving like royalty.
The Queen is an extremely good example to all Christians of how we should be conducting ourselves.
Of course earthly royals are human, and as such sometimes make mistakes and have not always met our expectation of how royalty should behave. So please do not give me examples of where royals have failed to live up to the standards we expect of them – that is not the point of this post. For this post I will use the best example of royalty that I could possibly use – Queen Elizabeth II. Queen Elizabeth II has, throughout her life, behaved in exactly the way that we would expect a princess and a queen to behave. She is an extremely good example to all Christians of how we should be conducting ourselves. Political commentator Andrew Marr had this to say of the Queen, “There are no reliable recorded incidents of the Queen losing her temper, using bad language, or refusing to carry out a duty expected of her“. What an example! As kings and priests that is what people should be saying of us.
We too are royalty and it is time to start acting like it.
Can you imagine the Queen reacting angrily, if someone said something unkind to her? No, of course not, she is above that sort of thing. She always conducts herself in a dignified manner, the manner expected of royalty. But we too are royalty and it is time to start acting like it. 1 Corinthians 13:5 from the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition is a good description of how the Queen behaves and it is how God expects us to behave:
“Love is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].”
Pride has never been an issue with Queen Elizabeth II, she is an inspiring example of true biblical humility, not the self deprecating, false humility practiced by many Christians. On her 21st birthday, whilst she was still Princess Elizabeth, she had this to say:
“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.
But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given. God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it.“
We all need the support, encouragement and prayers of our Christians brothers and sisters. More importantly though we must always remember that we are never alone and that we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). This verse should encourage us that we can do all things, that nothing is impossible for us – through Christ. But we should also be warned – if we ever think that we are succeeding because of our own ability, then we are in serious trouble. As Proverbs 16:18 in the God’s Word translation says, “Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall“.
There are many different ways that we can worship Him.
I mentioned earlier the dignified attitude with which Queen Elizabeth II has always conducted herself, and I reiterate that this is how we should be behaving as Christians. But let me clarify, that I am not referring to our worship and praise of God when I say this. When King David’s wife Michal did not like way that he was dancing in an uninhibited manner he replied, “In God’s presence I’ll dance all I want!……Oh yes, I’ll dance to God’s glory—more recklessly even than this” (1 Samuel 6:22, The Message translation). I believe that God is a God of diversity, and that there are many different ways that we can worship Him. The point is that we should be free in our worship, whether we prefer the style of King David or the more traditional, Church of England type style. We should not feel compelled to fit into either mould, or anything in between.
You may not, up to this point in time, have conducted yourself like royalty. But let me encourage you not to dwell on the past, instead make a decision to follow the example set by Queen Elizabeth II and more importantly the example set by Jesus and let your life reflect what God says you are and not what the world says you are.
If you have any further questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.
If you have never received Jesus as your Lord & Saviour, if you have gone away from God, or if you have any doubts regarding your salvation. I encourage you to click on the link below. Clicking on the link will not secure your salvation, but praying the prayer you find, from your heart, will.
For the salvation prayer, please click here.