If you received Jesus and believe in his name, you are a son or daughter of God! This is amazing! You are a part of a new family! Your Father is the King! Which means that you are royalty! Royalty now and royalty forever, because your adoption into the family cannot be undone. You don’t ever stop being a son or daughter of the King. As Aslan says about Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, “Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia” (C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). Once you have been adopted into the Royal Family, you are always a part of the Royal Family!

And yet… I don’t know about you… but I don’t always feel all that
royal. In fact, I usually feel just like a normal person. Sure, I
believe that something has changed inside, but it often seems
like it hasn’t worked its way out all that much. I tend to doubt my
own claim to royalty. I wonder what real royalty is supposed to
feel like. What does it look like? Because it must look better and
more confident… more put together… more polished… just plain
better than me.

If you can relate to those feelings, then I want to welcome you to
the club. It is the club of people who are stuck in the middle. On
one hand, we are fully and 100% adopted children of God who are
currently true royalty. And yet, on the other hand, we are simulta-
neously, still waiting for our identity to be fully realized in our
bones. It is the gospel truth, but it hasn’t penetrated the depths
of my reality. This can be awkward and difficult at times, but it is
the human predicament, at least, for those of us on this side of
eternity.

Even the Apostle Paul is a part of this club. In Romans 8:15, he
says that the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to
sonship
. But then, just a few verses later in 8:23, he says, we
ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as
we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our
bodies.
Which one is it? Are we adopted or not? Or are we stuck in
the middle?

We’re stuck in the middle. We are true royalty and yet, that truth
hasn’t been fully realized deep within our bones. But this isn’t all
bad news. It is quite good. It means that God isn’t finished with
me yet. Join me today in inviting the Spirit to let the truth of your
true royalty penetrate the depths of your reality.

Josh Rose
Pastor of Adults Ministries

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