4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,When we repent and receive God's gift of salvation, our status changes. We are no longer an orphan. We are "adopted" by God. Not only are we adopted but we are given full rights as sons (and daughters) of God. We are heirs to all that God has. I get chills just trying to fathom what that means. I was once fatherless, out on the street, fending for myself and without any protection. I was easy prey for the enemy. I was a nobody. If you don't believe me, look around carefully and you will notice that everyone strives for attention. Oh, there's those who are shy and get embarrassed if you look at them but that doesn't mean they don't want to be noticed in some other way. If you're noticed it implies that you have some importance. Everyone wants to have a sense of belonging. We're wired that way and that's just the way it is.
5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. Galatians 4:4-7
God always noticed us but that usually made us uncomfortable because he is...well...he's God and we're...well...when we look at God we see ourselves as we really are and frankly that's not always a pleasant picture So, we'd go about our business pretending God was there and desperately hoping he'd stop looking at us. We really were a mess and like Adam and Eve, we'd prefer to go hide from him!
Then, one day we actually quit hiding and threw ourselves at his feet. We expect his wrath and instead we receive his love
He's not satisfied with just cleaning us up. Instead, he opens his arms wide and embraces us as his own dear children. He insists that we sit at his table. He gives us new robes which are fit for a king's child. He gives us a new name. We are recognized as his child and become an heir to all that he possesses. We are no longer fatherless. We have a father. We are no longer homeless or unprotected. We walk under his authority and have all of the rights and privileges that go along with being a child of the king. This is unbelievable but it is true!
Here's the problem. Far too often, we forget who we are. The enemy knows that if we forget who we are, he can get a foothold in our lives. He'll attack our mind and body through things like health, finances, family problems, loneliness, feelings of low self-worth, etc. He also knows that if he can get us to forget who we are, it will be easier to get us to behave in ways that do not please God.
When I remember that I am a "Princess of God" I come before the throne of God with confidence. I love to spend time with my father. I control my temper. Little things don't bother me. I meet each day with anticipation. It is easy to rejoice in the Lord. I lift people up rather than run them down. I have more compassion. I show more love. When I remember I'm a Princess of God, I act like a Princess of God. When I don't remember I'm a Princess of God, it is easier to behave like I'm someone living in the mud amongst the pigs.
I'm going to soon be going down a road where I know that physically I won't feel like a princess. I may be in pain, I may be sick. I will probably lose my hair and my skin and nails will be a mess. So...I bought a "princess pin". Yes, I bought a princess pin. You can see a picture of it in my gallery.:) My husband jokes that I will now be insufferable to live with. I try to tell him that cancer pushed me over the edge but he insists that this is the way I've been ever since he's known me
Seriously, I got the princess pin because I wanted a visual reminder that I am a Princess of God He will never leave me. He is always mindful of me. His love for me is immeasurable. Everything I really need is at my fingertips. All I have to do is call on him. He is my protector, my deliverer, my provider and my healer as well as my savior. As a Princess of God I also have a great responsibility to remember who I am and act accordingly.
May all of God's children always remember who they really are. They are Princes and Princesses of The Lord God Almighty!
*8/21/11--This blog is now part of a series entitled Walking With God In The Midst of Cancer