Yesterday I left for work at the usual time—and hit every red light for thirty miles and trailed every pokey driver between all of them. I could feel the heat rising. And in the fog of frustration, I may or may not have had a few spontaneous thoughts…
“Really? Buses have to sit for five whole minutes at every empty train track they come to??”
“Sure. Cut in front of me and slow down. I have all day.”
“That light saw me coming and turned red on purpose…”
“Please! Pick a lane—any lane…”
“Look up the word ‘yield’.”
Now, I don’t remember praying for patience, so I had a little sidebar with God. “This can’t be a coincidence so what’s going on, please?” His response?
“Pick up your crown, sit down with me, and engage like the royalty you are.”
Oh… right… We’re seated above the circumstances, not under them; we don’t react to situations, we command them; we don’t surrender in fear of defeat, we battle from a position of victory.
Is that presumptuous to think? Is it a sin to say? Is it blasphemous to live? Not according to the Word. We’re seated with Christ. We co-reign with him. We will judge angels. But when we have a difficult day or season or life, it’s easy to lose sight of that. Or maybe we simply don’t know that. But the Word is clear: We’re royalty. And why?
Because we’re sons and daughters of the King.
Maybe you’re in the midst of a really horrific season in life. Maybe your whole life has been one long, uphill fight. Maybe you’ve been enduring a years-long crisis or a soul-shattering tragedy. Or maybe you’ve failed or messed up so badly that you’ve mangled your entire life.
But here’s the thing: you are not defined by who you are, what you’ve done or what you’ve been through.
You have a purpose and a destiny from the Lord; there’s a reason He created you, and He wants you to discover that purpose and fulfill it.
Now granted, you have to know the Lord to discern His purpose, but even many Christians don’t know why they were born and now they’re just trying to “get through” life.
NO. You were born for glory.
You were born to rule this world, to overcome evil, and to ease pain. You were born to expose the darkness, to share the truth, and to spread hope. You were born to encourage, to defend, and to decree. And how do you do all of these things?
You dare to dream.
Your dreams and visions are the road signs pointing to your destiny. And perhaps the thing you were created to do will be different than what I was created do—or maybe it will be similar—but it’ll be yours. No one else ever will bring to that thing what only you can.
Maybe that business is already out there. But God wouldn’t have called you to do it if it didn’t need to be done your way with all of your talent and life experience. And multiply this principle by a hundred other things: pastoring a church, teaching a class, caring for a loved one, raising a difficult child, running for office, working as a manager or a car mechanic or a salesperson, writing a song or painting a mural—no one else’s heart will ever touch that thing the way yours will.
A friend recently told me he wanted to write a book but the topic had already been done—and done again. And many times, as writers, we hear that; a tiny voice whispers, “Someone beat you to it—don’t even bother.” But I’m here to tell you: That book—your book—has not been written. Maybe the topic has been addressed a dozen times but your life experience and your knowledge and your insights have not. That’s why publishers ask what books are similar to yours and what’s unique about yours—because there will always be something new that you have to bring to the table.
Here’s the truth: You were born to take that territory and possess that mountain. You were made to rule and reign in the land you’ve been appointed to. You were made for so much more than the box or label that you or others have assigned to you.
You were born for glory.
And all you have to do to walk in your royalty is to believe that that’s your destiny.
It’s time to rule.