- Lisa Betz
The Prince/Princess & The Pauper
Have you ever wondered why so many little girls dream of being a princess? As a young girl were you captured by stories such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, or Snow White? Did you watch the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Dianna? Have you ever wondered why there are so many women drawn to such things?
If you are a gentleman did you ever picture yourself as a Prince, a royal knight or the hero? Have you always had something in you that beckons you to be a victor or conqueror?
Is this all just fanciful thinking or is there something deeper that stirs us?
I believe that we are responding to something that God himself set in our spirits. The Bible says that He has set eternity in the hearts of men (and women). Many of us have heard that before but perhaps not as many have asked what that means. God is a covenant God and He created us to be in covenant relationship with Him. He even created the perfect place for us that existed to foster this covenant relationship. In Genesis it says that He came and walked in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day. It was where He came to be with Adam and Eve. I believe scripture points us to this type of relationship as the foundation of our identity and that when we are drawn to images like those mentioned our spirit is recognizing who God called us to be. Through the sacrifice Jesus made to restore our covenant with God we are adopted as sons and daughters of God. If we confess Him as King of Kings then it reasons that we ARE princes and princesses. Whether as women we are more in personality like Cinderella or Xenia Warrior Princess it matters not. Whether a young man sees himself clad in princely robes or gleaming armor in the midst of battle in matters not. What does matter is that we allow God to show us how to be a prince or princess of His kingdom. Why, you may ask? Let’s take a quick trip back to Eden to answer that question. Genesis 2:10 records that the Garden of Eden was the source of the headwaters of four great rivers that watered the earth, in and beyond the garden. These rivers were a source of life to the earth and they stemmed from God’s kingdom. Are we not as Christians supposed to be this same type of source of life to a lost and dying world? The Bible also says in Romans 8:21 that the earth will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. Not only are the people of the earth groaning under the curse of sin but the very earth itself has been subject to the curse as well.
The wonderful news is that because of Jesus sacrifice we can be restored to a covenant relationship with the King of Kings. When we accept Jesus’ gift of salvation all the kingdom rights become ours once again. This means that we can speak life and blessing into a lost and dying world just like those rivers gave life to the earth. Jesus is the living waters and you are His headwaters to bless and restore the earth. Hebrews 9:15 states ”And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.” Notice that it does not say ‘when they earn it’ or when they are good enough’ or ‘when they are perfect’. It is already given by our loving King and all that need be done is to receive it and walk in it.
Dear brother and sisters in Christ we have heard a lie that we are paupers and we have believed it for too long. If the enemy of our souls cannot keep us from accepting the salvation that Jesus so freely gives he will do anything he can to keep us from our full inheritance as Sons and Daughters of the Most High King. His logic is simple, cause them to see themselves as paupers and they will not fulfill Romans 8:21. A pauper is one who not only has financial poverty but poverty of their soul, they are taught by the world to see themselves as nothing, as being one with no hope. However, we have a LIVING hope in Christ and we need to take our place so that God may receive the glory through our lives lived in His divine appointment. This role is not for our own glory, nor is it to raise our importance but to give glory to our God and to shine His light that others in darkness might see. When we try to live and function in the kingdom of our God while still clinging to a pauper mentality we diminish the glorious redemption of our God and limit the freedom that people see. We are to be His presence in the earth; to be His shining light that beckons people to His love. Let us put off the pauper mentality that has been spoken over us for so long and put on the royal robes of the kingdom, which is the Word of God spoken over us. Let us carry ourselves nobly that others may be drawn to our gracious King. May we live the kingdom in such power that no one can deny the goodness and mercy of our God.