When we look at the commission and lifestyle of Living Royalty, it’s easy to suddenly feel intimidated. The role of ambassador and minister sounds overwhelming. A consistent lifestyle of love, obedience, and righteousness seems impossible. Our response can easily be, “Who, me? I don’t have what it takes to accomplish that!”
And it’s true; we don’t. We were never meant to do and be what God has called us to do and be in our own strength. In fact, it wasn’t even possible to join God’s family without His intervention.
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us… Titus 3:4-5
If our own efforts of salvation couldn’t fill the bill of God’s qualifications, then anything else we may try to do on our own wouldn’t suffice. Our timid strength would fail us if we attempted to step out and represent Jesus on our own. Facing persecution, we’d run down the nearest hole without God’s courage in us. The moment we discover a weakness in our lives, we would lose heart if not for knowing who God made us to be. We need Him!
We should be encouraged when remembering that even Jesus couldn’t do anything aside from the power of God:
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatsoever He does the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. John 5:19-20
I can of myself do nothing. John 5:30
Jesus could have been intimidated by His role as God made flesh on the earth. But He didn’t cower from the responsibility because He knew a greater power was working through Him. He had God the Father’s example to follow, and God’s anointing empowering Him. Day in and day out Jesus communed with God, getting directions from Him on what to do next. Knowing God and His nature was what kept Jesus consistently flowing in that power. He recognized His weakness alone, but acknowledged His ability through God’s power. He:
- Humbled Himself, admitting He couldn’t do anything without God.
- Submitted Himself to God’s lead, ignoring any other opinion.
- Copied whatever He saw God doing.
When we put Jesus’ steps into action, the power and grace of God will go to work through us and we will accomplish exactly what God intended! Like it or not, though, the devil will try to persuade us that we still don’t have what it takes. That’s when we must ignore those voices and remind ourselves of what God says. Keeping His Words in our hearts will keep our spirits strong. It will be a constant reminder that there is no need to fear . . . and no reason to be overcome by pride. It’s our means of courage, no matter what form of intimidation may come our way.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:19
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. I John 4:4
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Ephesians 6:10
Empowerment from God is not just available to those called into full-time ministry. It’s not reserved for those going to the jungles of Africa. It’s not only for those called to stand before thousands, preaching God’s Word. It’s available to every believer. Whether homemaker or school teacher, manager or social worker, we are all called to walk as living royalty. We are all ordained to function as “able ministers of the Gospel” (2 Corinthians 3:6). As we walk out our roles in God’s Kingdom, we must remember that we’re not doing it alone; we are doing it in the power of the King!