Who God Says You Are

The Song “Royals” vs. Who God Says You Are

I must confess, I am obsessed with royalty. As a child, I wanted to be a princess and as an adult, I have read every Queen novel, toured every palace throughout Ireland, and pondered a life made up of royal events and glass slippers. I know that this seems incredibly juvenile, but something about the elegance of it all-keeps me dreaming on. There was a recent secular song released that rebels against the idea of royalty and it has a very interesting message that cannot be ignored as part of our culture. Here is a section of the chorus:

And we’ll never be royals (royals). It don’t run in our blood, That kind of luxe just ain’t for us. We crave a different kind of buzz. Let me be your ruler (ruler), You can call me queen Bee. And baby I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule, I’ll rule. Let me live that fantasy.

It’s a catchy little tune with a harmless message about independence….or so I thought at first listen. However, as a Christian, this song has absolutely no truth in it.

The true reality is… we are all royalty. Our royalty comes through Christ’s purchased blood at Calvary. As sons and daughters of the Most High King, we are chosen, set apart, and await the day where He will welcome us to the great banquet hall. However, the lie of pursuing our own “rulership” happens to saints and sinners alike. We do, indeed, crave ‘a buzz’ that the song references. -life comes at us hard and we search after the next ‘buzz’ to ultimately establish the fantasy of wanting control in ruling our own little kingdom. We settle for living a very complacent and ordinary life instead of allowing the true Ruler to shape our identity in Him. The “luxe” that the song tries to shed association with is indeed for us. We have been lavishly loved and preciously pursued. Christ’s love for us is the ultimate love story. We weren’t always titled royal, but that is exactly how God sees us – through His Son’s sacrifice. The key to royalty as a Christian is codependence on the King. This is perhaps one of my least favorite words (codependence) because it sounds weak and desperate. However, without surrendering our rule, and desires, we are subject to worthless good and bad moments. However, through the power of Christ, we can allow His rule to shape us into absolute holiness. The truth is, as Jesus rules in our lives and we begin to see ourselves as His own inheritors, we are being made into the image of His holiness.

Perhaps, the day you prayed and accepted Christ no one told you that you were royal. Perhaps, the prayer was said out of guilt or a lack of wanting to rule your own life anymore. Conceivably, you have yet to understand the true joy of being His prince or princess. Guilt goes away, the need to rule creeps back in, but seeing yourself as worthy because of who God says you are, should leave a fossil-like impression on your heart. My hope for you is that you remember you are loved, royal, and set apart to reflect His majesty each and every day. I leave you today with one of my favorite verses and proof of our royalty, 1 Peter 2:9:

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”