By Katie Dobbins
Kate Middleton stole my life. Listen, I don’t really see it, but people often tell me that she is my doppleganger. Yes, she is mine… not the other way around, obviously. I know sometimes I wear super soft oversized sweaters, but I too can rock a cute hat and expensive gown of satin and lace. I too studied abroad in Scotland. If only I had been born eight years earlier, perhaps I could be living in a palace. Alas, I am not, nor will I ever be, Duchess of Cambridge. Eventually Kate Middleton will be crowned Queen of England, and she will likely never know my name.
But someone far greater knows my name, my heart, and the number of hairs on my head. He knit me in my mother’s womb and calls me His daughter. Yes, I am a daughter of the King, which makes me true royalty. Kings and Priests, our annual church conference, is this weekend. But calling it merely a conference doesn’t do it justice. This is an invitation from God to experience His presence like never before, and anything can happen.
Since I’m part of the royal family, you best believe I’m coming! Because royal events are extravagant, over the top, majestic, and because if I’m not there – a crucial element is missing from the royal family. Have you been following the news? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are retreating from their titles, and it’s causing quite the ruckus. Imagine what would happen if Prince William also decided he wasn’t interested in his royal inheritance? It would change the entire course of history. Each of us needs to step into our role in His Kingdom, because we each have a specific part to play.
How can we be royalty? How can we be called Kings and Priests in God’s Kingdom? Paul says in Hebrews 4, “Since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.” In the Old Testament, priests provided access to God. But since Jesus’ work on the cross, He dwells within each of us, giving us constant access to Him. We are priests because we have the high priest living inside of us!
Priests are given direct access to God, and Kings are in positions of authority. We find our authority in Jesus. He says, “In my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18). The King lives inside us and gives us the power to perform miracles in His name!
I know inside myself that I am not yet fully operating in His complete power and authority. Making strides, yes. Performing extravagant miracles on the reg, not yet. But that’s okay, because we serve a patient God who helps us grow at our own pace and reveals a bit more of Himself, and a bit more of the life He has for us, with each baby step we take toward Him. We serve a “Princess Diaries” kind of God; He teaches us the ropes one day at a time, always encouraging us to go deeper and covering us with grace every step of the way.
It all starts with one crucial decision: To love Jesus and accept Him as Lord and Savior of my life. Just one decision, made on one day, that changes my entire life and the lives of those around me. Do you remember the day that Jesus became real to you? Perhaps a sermon that spoke to you, a Sunday school message that stuck with you, an intimate moment with Him, or the day you accepted Jesus into your heart? When I was eight years old, I decided I wanted to be baptized. I was the only one, so I got to take an individualized baptism course with my pastor. Then one day, I wore a beautiful white dress and was baptized in front of all my friends and family, and that day has been paying dividends in my life ever since.
One Day, One Word, One Touch. That’s this year’s conference theme, because that’s all it takes. One day, Kate Middleton decided to go to school in Scotland and fell in love with a prince. One day, Anne Hathaway’s character in Princess Diaries heard one word: princess. With one word, God spoke creation into existence. With one touch, Jesus healed the sick and brokenhearted. One day, He rose from the grave! One day, one word, one touch from Him can change the condition of your heart and the course of your life.
I urge you to come expectant to Kings and Priests. It’s not just another conference. Year after year, lives are truly changed. It’s a great honor to be part of miracles in the making. Whether you’ve been preparing your heart for hours, days, weeks, or even months, come expectant and open and ready to receive what God has for you! Maybe you haven’t had a chance to prepare, your week has been crazy, and you would rather do anything but come … that means you need to come even more. Don’t let distractions keep you from what God has for you. Make a decision to take a baby step closer to God. Some of my biggest spiritual breakthroughs have come from last minute, half-hearted decisions to go to a conference. Truly! Wherever you find yourself in your walk with God, I encourage you to ask Him to reveal to you what it means to be royalty in His Kingdom. Ask Him, what is the next step I can take to advance your Kingdom in my life and in your church?