Bible Reading for
December 8, 2016
Are you a prince among men?
Do you feel like a prince among men? If I asked your wife would she say you are a prince among men? If you were really a prince how would you feel? If you were a child of a great king, an inheritor of a great fortune, how would you face the world? If you were a child of the king would there be any reason for you to be fearful of failure? Would there be any reason for fear at all? Would you walk through this world with your head down and your shoulders hunched just hoping to get through another day?
I’ve got to tell you, if I were the son of a king, an inheritor of great power and wealth, I would walk through the world with my head held high. I would be exceedingly confident and eager for the next grand adventure. No, the world wouldn’t get me down. I wouldn’t be like everybody else. I wouldn’t have to worry about the common things of life. I wouldn’t worry about my next meal or my next anything for that matter. To paraphrase a famous movie line “It’s good to be the prince!”
The thing is guys, having accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior we have been adopted into the Royal Family. We are now children of the Living God. Is there any King more powerful or wealthy than He? Why is it we so often walk around as if we are defeated paupers; orphans in an ugly world? Why do we continually allow ourselves to be pulled back toward the slavery of sin? Before I go too far on this, let me point out what Paul has written in today’s reading that has me writing about this.
Galatians 3:26 ESV
“for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.”
Galatians 3:29 – 4:1 ESV
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, ”
Now there is an interesting thought. We are children of the King and yet no different from a slave! How can that be? A long time ago in a land far away I was a teenager. I remember getting up one Saturday morning and, lying in my sleeping attire, watching TV. My dad came into the room and curtly said get dressed and “come with me”. I got up, got dressed, and followed him out to the car. We drove to a house and painted the interior. My dad never told me why we painted that house. It was a rather strange occurrence.
Years later I learned that money had been a little tight, and a friend of my Dad paid him to paint the interior of a rental property. My Dad was providing for his family, and as his son, who was old enough to assist him, I was expected to do so. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my brothers and sister and I ate the produce of that joint father-son effort.
Now I never resisted my father’s direction to get up and go. He was my father. He provided for my wellbeing, kept me safe, and always had my best interest at heart even when I didn’t understand what he was asking of me. I needed direction. I needed someone to watch out for me. I needed someone who understood the big picture to ensure I headed in the right direction. Beside all of that, I was part of a family. My father was the head of that family and I had obligations and responsibilities to him and to the family. I was instructed to do work because that work would help the family. I was asked to do things to help my mother, my brothers, my sister, and my father.
Some children rebel against their father’s authority. They seem to feel like they are being treated as a slave. They don’t seem to understand that as part of a family they have obligations and responsibilities toward their father and the rest of their family. They are not slaves, they are heirs. Do you remember the story of the sons of Jacob? He had twelve sons and they were regularly at work tending their father’s flocks; the family business as it were. They were tending to their inheritance. What was their father’s, was theirs. They were not slaves.
Some young people flee the protection of their family home because they don’t like having to do what they are told; they run away. They soon find the hard way that they had it pretty good. The reality is they are more a slave away from their father’s home than they ever were in it. Brother, we are free in Christ. We are not slaves but heirs of the King. To wander away from our father’s love and protection makes no sense.
Galatians 5:1 ESV
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
I implore you friend, reject the yoke of slavery to sin and rejoice in your responsibilities and obligations in Christ. You are, after all, a prince!
Have a princely day!
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!