But 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. 1 Peter 2:9
Have you ever watched TLC’s reality show Toddlers and Tiaras? Perhaps you have flipped through the channels and stumbled upon a group of highly overworked, cranky young girls (some as young as age five!) dolled up in fancy do’s and makeup, paraded on stage with frilly dresses in vicious competition to be crowned winner of the latest pageant.
(Whatever happened to the days when children just ran outside and played dress-up in Grandma’s attic?)
Unfortunately, many women today are raising daughters with a “diva” mentality–the notion that everyone and everything orbits around their own little worlds. We desire to live in center stage, expecting the people around us to cater to our every desire.
But there is a better way to live.
A way to live in peace without the constant striving to achieve greatness according to the world’s standards. Not under the heavy law of perfectionism and performance, but under the canopy of God’s grace and love.
A life that is called to a higher level of royalty. This type of royalty is not the superficial “diva” complex that demands we live in the limelight. It is the humble, gracious mindset of a woman who knows that she is royalty because she is a daughter of the King of kings.
Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory. Psalm 24:10
We don’t have to live for a perishable tiara that tarnishes with time; we are crowned with eternal glory and honor (Psalm 8:4-5). Not because we did all the right things, but because God plucked us out of our sinful mess, dusted us off, and said, “I choose you.”
That is true royalty.
God has given us access to everything we need to live a full, abundant life in Him. We have immeasurable worth and dignity because our Daddy is King of the universe!
1 Peter 2:9 reminds us that we are called to a royal priesthood. The priests in Exodus 28 were the descendants of Aaron, Moses’ brother. God appointed them to represent the nation of Israel by interceding for the people. They were appointed to wear sacred garments woven with elaborate fabric and gold–garments of dignity and honor (Exodus 28:2).
Jewels adorned the breastpiece they wore, bearing the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.
A plate of pure gold was attached to their turbans, on which were engraved the words:
HOLY TO THE LORD
After the priests were clothed in their sacred garments, they were anointed with oil and ordained as priests. They were consecrated by the Lord and declared holy to serve Him in righteousness. The priests served God by interceding for the people of Israel and sacrificed animals on behalf of their sins.
Fast forward to the book of Hebrews, and you’ll see that Jesus took the place of the priests and did what they never could. He lived a sinless life and sacrificed Himself as a Holy, spotless Lamb to cleanse the sins of humanity, once and for all! (Hebrews 2:17)
Jesus is the great High Priest, and He invites us to join Him in His royal priesthood.Jesus is the great High Priest, and He invites us to join Him in His royal priesthood. Click To Tweet
Just like the priests in the Old Testament, we are now…
Adopted into His royal family
Appointed to intercede for those around us
Anointed with the power of the Holy Spirit
Adorned in sacred garments of dignity and honor
We are consecrated, set apart, redeemed and restored–we are royalty! We are consecrated, set apart, redeemed and restored--we are royalty! Click To Tweet
It’s time to stop living as impoverished prodigals or demanding divas and start walking in the royalty, grace, and dignity we have in Christ!
It’s time to forget the sins of our past and live like we are truly forgiven. Jesus has removed the garments of our sin and shame and clothed us in His sacred robes of righteousness.
As a royal priesthood, it’s time to get on our knees and intercede for those in our “tribes”–our family, friends and those in our communities who have not yet joined the royal family.
So put on your garments of splendor, dear sister, and live like you royalty–because you are!
…you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5
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