What’s in You?
The Norwegian Proverb states, “In every woman there is a Queen. Speak to the Queen and the Queen will answer.” It speaks not only to women, but to that inner part of each one of us that longs for actualization of the person they really know themselves to be, or wish to become.
“In every believer there is a King,” our speaker paraphrased. And he was quite accurate. As Scripture declares of those in Christ Jesus… “[He] has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” (Rev. 1:6; 5:10).
Kings… and Priests. But that’s just the beginning!
In every believer there is also a child of God (John 1:12), a disciple and friend of Jesus (John 15:15), a soul declared righteous, justified before God (Rom. 5:1), a ‘bought and paid for’ possession of God (1 Cor. 6:19-20).
In every believer there is a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27), a chosen and adopted child of God (Eph. 1:3-8), one with direct access to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:14-16).
In every believer there is a citizen of heaven (Phil. 3:20), one who has been given a spirit of power, love and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7), one born of God whom the evil one cannot touch (1 John 5:18). In every believer there is a branch of Christ, the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15:5), appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16), God’s temple (1 Cor. 3:16), a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:17-21), seated in heaven with Christ (Eph. 2:6), God’s workmanship (Eph. 2:10).
The Norwegian proverb reminds us that we must remind each other of these things… of who we truly are, or are becoming. One powerful way to do this is by us treating one another as the Saints and kings we are becoming.
The German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe observed… “When we treat man as he is we make him worse than he is. When we treat him as if he already was what he potentially could be we make him what he should be.” Adds Charles Noble: “You must have a long-range vision to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.”
Our Lord has that “long-range vision” for each of His children. In fact, its a super long-range vision – an eternal one. And He invites you and I to reach for that vision… to reach for it in Him, to reach for it in oneself, and to reach for it in others.
To hear this past Sunday’s message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.