Some of our little girls are quite attracted to the idea of being “princesses” -- showing off their shiny tiaras, scepters, and colorful robes while pretending to rule over others. Parents often encourage this type of thinking in their adorable daughters as they see them play the role convincingly, relishing the power and dignity of their royal position. While most parents don’t really expect the little ones to grow up to reign over an earthly kingdom, could it be that God really does want our daughters to be princesses? We know from the Bible that God always wanted a royal people who would not allow sin to reign over them like the rest of the nations.
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation (Exodus 19:5, 6).
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy (1 Peter 2:4, 5, 9 ,10.).
By using this description of being “royal,” He intended for us to reign over the sin that knocks at the door of the heart every day (Genesis 4:6,7). Instead of taking the easy road of spiritual slavery like “everybody else does,” we take the road less-traveled where we do not allow sin to rule over us because we are able to reign with Jesus in spiritual places over sin. It is a tragedy when a person can no longer control what he sees with his eyes or what he puts up to his mouth with his hands. Our children were meant for the royal life of victory over the Enemy, not the way of slavery because sin got in the front door and took over the entire life!
In order for our daughters (as well as our sons- Proverbs 31:1-9) to learn to be real princesses and princes, we must teach them non-conformity – “My son, if sinners entice you, do NOT consent” (Proverbs 1:10). No one becomes a princess by following the peasants. We must “be not conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our minds so that we may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). The road to reigning over sin is the way of humility and service to others, just as Jesus has already shown us how He lived here victoriously to return to Heaven triumphant over sin!
Yes, after looking at God’s plan for us and our children, you will see that it is the Will of God that our daughters and sons rule over sin in their lives. May our daughters be able to trade the little plastic tiara for the eternal and incorruptible crown of life and a place at the Right Hand of God in Heaven with Jesus! May our boys trade in their toys for strength over sin and a voice to help others! Friends, let us be sure that we exemplify the royal life of a child of the King so that our children can follow in the footsteps of eternal victory in Christ Jesus!