I came to Paris for a brief meeting last week and having unexpected time on my hands and at Ronke’s encouragement, I decided to check out the Château de Versailles, in the suburbs of Paris. Reading about the beginnings of the Château, I found out that it was originally a hunting lodge but Louis XIV decided to expand it and turn it into a palace. What makes anyone decide to turn a hunting lodge into a palace the size, splendor and magnificence of the Château de Versailles unless the idea of material limitation is foreign to them? It takes extravagance to another level, just because they could, just because they were royalty.
As royalty in the era of Louis XIV before the revolution, all you needed to do was to be born into the royal family and you have a birth right of access. Courtiers, advisers, servants, warriors, artists, musicians, noble men, kings, priests, extreme wealth were at your beck and call. Just because you were born into the family, you have access to everything money can buy and many things money cannot buy. It gets even more interesting if you become king.
I am musing now and as you would expect, my reflections are unapologetically biased. I cannot help but look at everything from the view point of scriptures and what I believe God has said. As you would also expect if you are familiar with my blog, I am not against wealth and privilege. I am not sure I would have been part of the revolution if I lived in that era. I just do not think any human being’s privilege, power, wealth, success depletes mine. Poverty is what I am against because I think it is the thing that is more foreign to my Father than wealth. Mental and spiritual slavery is what I think is a problem, not privilege.
A difference between earthly royalty and godly royalty is that earthly royalty lords it over people and keeps the power in the royal family, away from the people being served, hence the perceived need for a revolution. Godly royalty on the other hand, came down to lift us up to royalty not to keep us down or to remain down himself, in solidarity with us. One hoards power, the other distributes it. As Bill Winston said, one enslaves, the other empowers. They both are sovereign but godly sovereignty is Love. Please read my musings on Kábíyèsí, at your convenience as I think it would be helpful.
The four beasts and 24 elders mentioned in the book of Revelation, in their song about Christ declared that He redeemed us unto our God as kings and priests and we are meant to reign here, not in heaven. What if you are royalty? As royalty in those days, you still had a choice of stripping yourself of your wealth and privilege and of abdicating. As royalty in God’s kingdom, you have a choice of appropriating or not appropriating your wealth and privilege. You can choose to be or not be wealthy. But many of us may be abdicating unknowingly.
But what if, just what if you are royalty? What if it is true that as believers in Christ, we are kings in the manner of Christ? What if it is true that Christ came to make us kings, seated with Him, with joint ownership and joint privilege with Him? I would think Christ’s wealth and power would make Louis XIV’s seem as nothing. If you were Christ-like (Christian) in His royalty, how would that affect your mentality, your behavior and your manifestations? Note that yes, this is spiritual but God seems “less spiritual” than some of us. To the best of my knowledge, He created silver, gold and diamonds and every resource on this planet, yet He is Love and He is Holy Holy Holy. What if you are royalty?