Devotions By Jan

A Child of the King

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Scripture for today:  Romans 8:17  “Now if we are God’s 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.”

I’ve always been drawn to the fleur de lys, symbol of French royalty!  I wear it as jewelry and enjoy seeing it in the architecture and decoration of the French châteaux.  It means lots of different things to different people.  I like the symbolism of life, love and perfection!  In any case, I do not intend to show allegiance when wearing this symbol.  I have a higher allegiance as a child of God.

Our verse reminds me of my identity in Christ.  I am not only a subject of the King,  I am a child of the King.   What an amazing thought!  As His child I have access to the throne room of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! (Heb.4:16)  I belong there!  Because of the grace shown by Christ’s sacrifice, God extends to me His scepter, just as King Xerxes did for Queen Esther so long ago.  His throne is called a “throne of grace” because there He dispenses His mercy and help in time of need.  Isn’t that all the time?

I am not so sure I like the part about suffering.  But in our fallen world suffering is inevitable, especially for doing the right thing.  Thankfully, the verse ends on a positive note!  I have hope and can look forward to sharing in His glory!  Would that I remember that my allegiance belongs to the King and not to the world.  He is a King full of love and grace, welcoming me to His throne room.

Remind me today Lord, that I am Your child and heir.

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