With so much pain in the world today, doesn’t it seem a little irrelevant to think of ourselves as royalty?
News of war-torn Syria and the thousands of refugees spilling over into bordering countries has been on my heart recently. Our church is collecting rice, flour, and non-perishable food items to send to refugees in Turkey. We’re working with a local Syrian doctor who sends shipment containers every month.
Stories of the refugee camps are haunting. Even as I’ve been feverishly working to promote my book, Daughters of the King, the past few weeks, these stories have overshadowed my thoughts. This one question loomed large in my mind: is our rush to describe our faith using first-world claims of royalty and privilege incredibly insensitive and shallow? What does the title Daughter of the King truly do for the hundreds of widowed, homeless, and hungry mothers in refugee camps?
Without the context of the entire biblical story, nothing! But it is especially in light of the circumstances surrounding the world that we must cling to the title given by the biblical story to women who trust fiercely in King Jesus above all things. Scripture says we are daughters of the Almighty King.
The imagery of royalty commonly associated with the term Daughters of the King easily evokes visions of special privileges and an elevated status craved by many. But too often, we admire our crown in the mirror, forgetting that it was purchased with a formidable price.
Royalty really does matter, but not for the reason you think.
The story of how we become a Daughter of the King is not a rag-to-riches tale, but the miracle of being released from the stocks of slavery to sin and seated in the throne room by the King himself. The King reaches into gutters and penthouses, refugee camps and immaculately homes, giving a new heart and a new life to those who submit to his gracious reign. This miracle of becoming the King’s daughter reaches across the lines that divide women from all cultures, all races, and socio-economic background.
It is the central, overarching theme of the Scriptures: a good King created a good world, and although it was corrupted by sin, he is at work to completely restore it and his sons and daughters through his Son, Jesus Christ.
In his grace, the King gives you and me a role to play in restoring his kingdom. So, rather than celebrating our title as Daughters of the King for the blessings it brings, let’s honor it for the responsibility it bestows.
Above all, the title of Daughter of the King is a resounding call to action. A true Daughter of the King spends little time sitting idly in the privileged position of the throne room. Instead, she is out among the people representing the goodness, humility, and submissive spirit of the One she serves. This message of freedom, healing, and hope is a royal message every woman needs to hear.
Tomorrow, I’m thrilled to have veteran journalist and Baptist Global Response strategist Mark Kelly join me on the blog. Mark is on the front lines of gospel-infused social ministry in places like Syria and beyond. He’s sharing 6 things Daughters of the King can do to multiply God’s Kingdom justice in places like Syria. You won’t want to miss this!