1 Peter 2:9 - "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light..."
How you act, how you behave, how you conduct yourself -- these all have an impact on you. You are royaltly: but can other people see that?
Your actions say a lot about what you stand for. Do you remember this phrase: “VERB—It’s What You Do!” From 2002-2006, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held this media campaign in order to confront and lower the statistics for childhood obesity. Being geared to middle-school aged children (approximately ages 10-14), they showed children of similar age, race, and situation being active.
You see, it is one thing to simply give lectures and such on the importance of exercise and the downfalls of being a potato couch. However, when you actually see that "everybody's doing it", you encounter the highly influential idea of the power of numbers. This idea may be the very reason behind the increase of followers in our society; whether it be fashion, sex, or drugs, there is somebody doing something simply because someone else is doing it. The thing is: everyone may not be doing it. But that is the way the activity is advertised and, therefore, that is what is believed.
If you did not already know, actions speak louder than words. Today, what you do means so much more than what you say. You are a child of the King: but, it no longer matters how much you profess that. Unless people can see it in your actions, they are not buying it. If your friends at school know that you go to church, but one day they see a not-so-Christian post on Facebook or Twitter, what are they going to think about you? In a technologically-oriented society such as our own, you can no longer live a double life. You either have to be fully for God, or fully for the enemy. No exceptions.
Your conduct does not just come from anywhere: it begins with your character. If you want to behave as though you are born of royal blood, than your character must be that of royal blood.
What is character? One dictionary definition is moral or ethical quality. My one of my ninth grade teachers gave this definition: who you are even when no one is watching. My definition is what you are made of. Your character, in essence, is the sole basis of everything that you are. Everything that you do and say is derived from, rooted in, and founded on your character.
So how is your character developed? Here is the formula (which I learned at a youth convention I attended in January): your thoughts (what you think) forms your attitude (how you feel); your attitude forms your behavior (how you act); your behavior forms your life (or the consequences that come as a result of your behavior).
So, if you are royalty and you wish to look as such to the world around you, then you need to behave like you are royalty; which means that you need to have the character of royalty; which means that you need to think like royalty. Now, remember that you are a child of the King of all kings. Therefore, your character must be a reflection of His character, and not just a reflection of an earthly king or queen in this world. The character and conduct of Jesus was much higher than that of any man or woman on earth, but through His strength and power, we can attain that same level of royalty.
Oh, yes, oh yes, I'm a child of the King
His royal blood now flows in my veins.
And I who was wretched and poor now can sing,