I follow a lot of positive thinkers and life coaches on Twitter and I love their tweets. I make the tentative conclusion that many are not believers since their tweets lack crediting the Lord for blessings and tend to counter scriptural truth.
Yet, they often make me think.
Even though the tweeters come at their encouragement from a totally
worldly point of view. For example, one recently posted a quote from the Dali Lama that stated the purpose in life was to be happy. I got all over that one and shared it in a blog article on my friend, Jennifer Slattery’s blog.
I recently saw a new one, “You are the royalty of your own life.”
That sounds so special. So uplifting. Someone commented that the thought beautiful. And it is, in a rainbow and pink pony kind of attitude. But I’ve met people who live out this quote. They truly act as if they are the main characters in the novel of life and anyone around them are merely supporting players. Folks that believe they are the royalty of their own lives exalt themselves based on… what? Status? Looks? Wealth?
Or is this just a sweet sentiment to help people who are down or feeling worthless to feel better about themselves? I’m an exhorter, so I understand the need to build people up, but standing in the ballroom of the Titanic saying, “Everything’s gonna be fine,” probably wouldn’t give much benefit.
Encouragement means little when the words spoken are false. Tweet this!
The tweeter’s comment made me also think past the ponies and rainbows. If a person in despair heard this advice and looked around to observe the lives over which they were royalty, would that really encourage them? Living in a rut of a job and overwhelmed with debt. Spiraling into depression as they struggle through long-term illness, aging parents, troubled teenagers, unfaithful friends, a betraying spouse, etc.
With such a negative “kingdom,” being the “royalty” there doesn’t amount to much. Nor should it inspire positive feelings.
On the other hand, believers in Christ, those who rely on Him for their salvation, have been redeemed and adopted as children of God Himself. So we are indeed royalty. And that SHOULD encourage!
What’s the difference? The tweet touted that we were royalty on our own. There’s not really anything that makes us royalty, and all we have as that foundation is our own lives.
But being members of the family of God makes us royalty by Who HE is, and it doesn’t have anything to do with us. It has everything to do with Him and how much He adores us. So much so, that He has adopted us into his family!
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are 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. Romans 8:14-17
I don’t know about you, but being a child of the Great King is so much better, to me, than being the royalty of my own life. Praise Jesus, I really am royalty! Woohoo!
Your Turn: What encouragement have you heard that made you feel even worse?