We all witnessed the hoopla surrounding the birth of Prince William and Kate’s royal baby. I still don’t understand America’s obsession with the British royal family but here I am writing about it. We were all on the edge of our seats waiting on his name, George Alexander Louis. My favorite part is that this little baby is to be officially called “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.” I don’t think he’ll struggle with self-esteem issues.
I wonder what it is like growing up an heir to the throne. We know the stories of how some heirs couldn’t handle the pressure very well while others were up to the task and handled themselves smashingly (I love using British words when speaking of them). Growing up a prince will give Prince George a lot of privileges. He will travel the world, meet the world’s elite, have a deep pocketbook, be treated…well…like a prince.
This made me think of what the Bible says about Christians being heirs to the throne. Paul says in Romans 8:17 that “if we are children (of God), 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.” Our Heavenly Father has made us his children through Jesus’ atoning sacrifice if we only have faith in him. The fact is that our God is also King so that makes us princes and princesses.
We also have many privileges being heirs of God. Paul says that we have been blessed with “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Eph 1:3). We are given grace, love, joy, peace, and wisdom from God. God’s Holy Spirit is directly present within us giving us great eternal hope.
This royal status comes with great responsibility. It’s up to us how we will handle being a part of such a royal family. We are to live with heavenly class. This means submission to our King, purity in our behavior, love towards all, and seeking the betterment of our world to the glory of God. It’s a privilege to serve such a great King. It’s good being an heir.