Posted by: pastortomvabeach | July 23, 2013

Thought for the Week July 28, 2013

I must not be with it. The news for almost ten days now has majored on the impending and now completed birth of another prince in Great Britain. I can possibly understand why that news would be a big deal to people in Britain. The monarchy is something traditional, cultural, and empowering to that nation. The thing I don’t understand is why there are news anchors from all over the world thronging around the hospital and anywhere else the “royals” might hang out, all breathlessly waiting for word of the baby’s arrival. And now that he’s here, we are on pins and needles waiting to know what’s his name.

Am I weird because I don’t really care? Now don’t get me wrong. I am thrilled for the parents and grandparents. I think this is Prince Charles’ first grandbaby. That is a big deal. I wish all of them well. I hope the experience of holding a brand new human being for the first time will remind them, as it does me, of God’s amazing creation and of the privilege He has given us to be a part of creating life!

But the thing I don’t’ understand is what difference does this make to the whole world that is so great all of the news media is atwitter. Babies are being born literally every minute and no cameras and reporters are there. Any one of those babies born in obscurity could, some day, be more influential worldwide than this notable birth. I’m reminded that there was no fanfare when Jesus was born and look how He changed the world!

Today’s “Manhattan Declaration” email opened with some thoughts about the royal birth that helped me put a bit of context to the excitement: “There is something about royalty that captures our attention. Even in an era when the throne wields little political power, the cultural influence of the royal family is enormous. The splendor of the wedding of William to Kate reminded the world of the solemnity of vows, as the anticipation of their first child reminds that each new life is sacred.” Would that this picture of the importance of marriage and the eternal value of each child could again grip society’s conscience so that we would protect both at any cost.

Anyway, I really started out to say the world cheered and high fived when the word went out that there was a new baby boy in the British royal family. Third in line to the throne is a pretty impressive resume to have already at birth. The crowd of onlookers is innumerable. That’s quite a celebration.

You know where there’s an even better and bigger celebration? I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance….I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke 15:7, 10) I wonder if the masses of angels are on watch like our TV reporters, waiting for someone to repent and trust in Jesus. Imagine, you’ve been friends with someone for a long time, lived boldly as a Christian, loved them like Jesus would, and you’ve witnessed on many occasions. Every time you get a chance to share the gospel, can’t you see the angels peering over the balcony in heaven, wondering if this will be the day of the new birth? Only God knows when that will happen, so I could see the angels wondering just like us. And then, one day it happens, the seed sprouts, faith rises, your friend comes to Jesus, and all heaven erupts! “There’s another one! She opened up her heart and now she’s in royal line! Shout! Praise God! Jesus did it again!”

I don’t know if that’s how it happens but I do know that every person who is born again by the blood of Jesus is royalty. Peter says we are born again into a line of “royal priesthood” (I Peter 2:9). We are told that we will reign with Jesus. Now we understand that He always occupies the throne but we’re part of His family!

What if the world was so aware of the spiritual lives of mankind that every time someone became a believer we joined with the angels in heaven and threw a party? As many people as are on the earth today and as many as are coming to the Lord, we would be partying all the time! So let’s be happy for the royal family and congratulate the parents but let’s keep perspective here. Theirs is an earthly kingdom. As Christians, we are born into an eternal kingdom. Praise God, let’s party! Just a thought.

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