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Royalty in Christ

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In Los Angeles, during spring time, we have new growth in our vegetation, despite what some may think! Our new growth doesn’t come in the form of pollen like most parts of the United States, but it does come in a very noticeable, pervasive tree called the Jacaranda Tree. The Jacaranda Tree is native to Brazil and Central America and has beautiful trumpet like pedals that fall to the ground each day of the new spring. Many streets in LA look like the picture above.

The significance here is that those who believe in Christ as Lord are considered family members to a new, kingly kind of family. We don’t fully understand what it means to be sons and daughters of royalty apart from the movies we watch and the daydreams we entertain. Except for Great Britain, there aren’t too many true monarchies still in place. However, this is the reality for us who have chosen to accept the right of sonship or daughter-ship of a king – namely King Jesus.

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spiritthat we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:14-17

As we celebrate this Father’s Day coming up we can celebrate our earthly Father’s, if they have been good to us, and we can ultimately celebrate our heavenly Father who is complete good for us. And if we doubt our royalty in this new kingdom of another world, we can remind ourselves, as I have done recently, that we are royalty by enjoying the purple Jacaranda Tree pedals that cover our sidewalks in Los Angeles and make for a different kind of “red carpet” experience. Purple, throughout history, is the color for royalty, worn to distinguish those who belong to the most powerful, resourceful family. In Christ, we enjoy being a part of this sort of family.

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