by Cindy Bleuler Tucker
Several years ago, Chattanooga Valley Presbyterian pastor Daniel Gilchrist suggested the women leaders of the church study the book From Fear to Freedom Living as Sons and Daughters of God, by Rose Marie Miller. This book has a continuing impact on me. Recently I have been reading Come Back, Barbara by Rose’s husband John and her daughter Barbara Miller Juliani. As God is speaking and dealing with me, transforming me and stripping away what is not like Him:our pride and self-righteousness. He tells me in love, “Cindy, you are not alone-you are not an orphan. You are royalty, a daughter of the King!”
We were once orphans, but now as Christians we are adopted into God’s family, sons and daughters of the King of Heaven and Earth, King of the Universe.
Because of the fall of man and the entrance of sin into the human race, we are born orphans, separated from our Heavenly Father. As orphans, we are alone, lonely, frightened, and feel we are unloved. We feel that no one will help us so we must constantly look out for ourselves and can depend on no one else. We mistrust others and build thick walls of defense, afraid to let anyone really know us, because they wouldn’t like what they saw. Because we can’t count on anyone else, we control or attempt to control our environment and anyone in it. When our little world we’ve created falls apart, we become anxious, depressed, and lose hope. Afraid to ask for help, we live lives of quiet despair. So full of our own sorrow, we can’t be a channel of love to our family, our friends, or the world.
But we Christians are not orphans, nor were we meant to live this way! The Lord Jesus promised us “I will not leave you as orphans, I am coming to you.” (John 14:18) Jesus, the King, came and dwelt among us to claim us as his adopted ones. He won us by His death and resurrection and now sits on the throne, prays for us, and will return to take us to His heavenly kingdom. Before the time of the fall, God had this plan-“He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and grace…” (Ephesians 1:5)
We answer His call, he adopts us and we are royalty. How do sons and daughters of the King live? What are the characteristics of a son or daughter of the King?
*Sons and daughters of the King are secure in the Lord and His riches.
Regardless of our earthly circumstances, we want for nothing. We are loved by our heavenly Daddy and never alone. Jesus said, “I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth.”(John 14:16-17)
*Sons and daughters of the King do not live in anxious fear, but in hopeful expectation that God will keep His promises.
“The Lord is faithful in all His promises and loving toward all he has made.” (Psalms 145:13)
*Because sons and daughters of the King are thoroughly loved by the Father, they are free to love others, and love freely.
“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
*Sons and daughters of the King bow down to the King and relinquish our control.
We yield our lives to Him and give Him all our little idols: our pride, our self-righteousness, our spouses, our children ,our possessions, our position, our reputation, our will- they are all the King’s to do as He wills. It is His good pleasure to humble and exalt us. “He humbles and He exalts.” (1 Samuel 2:7) We see this example in His own Son who was crucified and later raised from the dead to reign forever.
*Sons and daughters of the King know that the battle is the Lord’s.
We yield all to Him and wait on His timing, taking action only at His bidding. “For the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Samuel 17:47)
*Sons and daughters of the King live in faith, hope, love, and security.
Daily we can go to Him and be assured that we are loved. “Let us hold on to this confession of our hope without wavering for He who promised is faithful.“(Hebrews 10:27)
Every morning when we awaken and our thoughts focus on ourselves and our problems, may we run to the King. WE are royalty! “His compassions never fail. They are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3:23)