Sunday, March 28, 2010

Princess Day

Moms don’t typically feel like princesses. Day in day out, the duties of motherhood sometimes cloud over the fact that we are one of God’s precious daughters. Today I want to give you just a little reminder of the beauty and wonder of being a part of God’s family and a follower of Christ.

The Bible says if anyone is in Christ, she is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold all things have become new. That’s a big change! We are talking about a major transformation, a total overhaul, a complete new creation. It’s kind of our own personal Cinderella story. What does it mean to be a new creation? The Bible tells us that when we place our faith in Christ:

We become children of God and a part of His family (John 1:12)
We become citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:19)
We become God’s possession (Ephesians 1:13)
We are holy and dearly loved (Colossians 3:12)
We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us (Ephesians 1:13)
We are declared righteous (Romans 1:17)
We are no longer controlled by our sinful nature (Romans 7:9)
We are no longer condemned (Romans 8:1)
We are forgiven (Colossians 2:13, Ephesians 4:23)

Paul put it this way, he said as Christians we have taken off our old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. I’m thankful for the difference Christ’s presence makes in my life. You know in Biblical times, Roman citizenship was highly honored and revered. People paid large sums of money to acquire the right to be a Roman citizen if they were not born into it. Those who were Roman citizens were proud of it and were expected to live up to the honor.

We have the great privilege of being citizens of Heaven. Our citizenship was bought at a high price, the blood of Jesus. May we walk in a manner worthy of our calling, our high calling as daughters of the king. Take some time today to thank the Lord for calling you to Himself and the great honor of becoming a new creation and a part of His royal family.

Positive Mom Moment: Declare a Royal Day. Let the kids make crowns and play dress up to become princes and princesses for the day. Make a castle by draping a sheet over the kitchen table. Ride stick horses and go on a royal adventure around the house or neighborhood. Then take some time to talk about the royal transformation God does in our lives when we follow Christ using some of the scriptures listed above. Remind them that as followers of Christ we are citizens of heaven and a part of God’s family.