The Behavior of Royalty

The Bible has a lot to say about the keys of the Kingdom and our place as kings and priests under Jesus, who is the “King of kings” (Revelation 1:5-6, 1 Timothy 6:15)– or we could say He is the King of “us” (those with delegated authority). And if we pause and think about this, that we’ve been made kings under the King, then wouldn’t that make us royalty?

In the natural sense, kings are made because of a royal bloodline. In the spiritual sense, all who accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord become part of His royal family because He shed His own blood for us, making us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:3-7) and joint-heirs with Himself (Romans 8:17).

As I was thinking about all of this, I was reminded of something in the first Book of Samuel. The Bible says after Saul was made king, “Then Samuel explained to the people the behavior of royalty, and wrote it in a book and laid it up before the Lord” (1 Samuel 10:25). My husband said, “I’d like to read that book!” I agreed, and then thought, Isn’t the Bible our book of behavior for royalty?

Think about it. When we came to Christ, we were a mess! But over time, with transformation of our mind and soul, we have been prepared as children of the King, thus making us royalty.

When we travel to other countries, it is important for us to learn the culture so as not to offend (even unintentionally). From the way they greet each other, to the proper way to eat or speak, we learn the behavior of the people of that nation. In the same way, as Christians, we have been brought into a royal family and must learn the behavior of royalty.

Sadly, too many people rebel against the Bible, citing they don’t see why it’s necessary to change. But I’m pretty sure if the President of the United States or the Queen of England came to their home, these same people would make quick adjustments. Why? Because they are in the presence of authority.

The Bible says, “For in Him we live and move and have our being…” (Acts 17:28), therefore we are always in the presence of our King. This is why we can’t just behave any way we please. Instead, we must seek to please Him who brought us into the family.

It is actually a great honor to serve the King. And an even greater honor to think that He has made us a part of His royal family. Personally, I want to learn the appropriate behavior of royalty. I want to live to honor the One who made the way for me.

So ask yourself these questions:
Who are you representing?
Does your behavior reflect your position of royalty?

I hope you are stirred to meditate on this today. You are a child of the King.