Author: A. W. Smith — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: May 5, 2023

Unlocked: Daily Devotions for Teens

When you were little, did you ever dress up as royalty—making paper crowns, walking around in old fancy clothes from a dress-upbin, or sitting on imaginary thrones and bossing around the people of your pretend kingdom?.While the imaginary kingdoms of our youth weren’t real, as Christians, we can know that we belong to God’s very real kingdom. When we trust in Jesus as our Savior, we can know that God is our Father, and He is the King of the universe. And so, because we are the children of the King, we are royalty..As God’s royal children, we have the privilege of inviting others into the kingdom of God by sharing the good news: that Jesus, our God and King, became human, lived among us, died on the cross and rose from the grave to beat sin and death and is returning one day to make all things new. In His kingdom, love and righteousness rule instead of sin. We have the honor of sharing this true story— through our words and our actions—with everyone around us..In God’s kingdom, everything is better than we could imagine. Instead of paper crowns that wear out and get ripped, we have God’s promise of eternal life with Him (1 Peter 5:4)..Instead of fancy old clothes from a dress-up bin, we are clothed in Jesus’s goodness instead of our sinfulness (Isaiah 61:10; Galatians 3:27)..Instead of imaginary thrones and bossy leadership, we are called to love others the way Jesus, our just King, loves us (John 13:34; 1 John 4:19)..That is a kingdom worth being excited about! Now, as royal children of the King,/let us share the good news of our Father’s kingdom./• A. W. Smith.• If you trust in Jesus as your Savior, you are God’s child and you’re part of His kingdom. How could remembering that our heavenly Father is the Ruler of the universe give us hope when we experience bossy or unjust leadership here on earth?.• As a child of the King, how could you show others who Jesus is by the way you treat them?.• To learn more about what it means to be God’s child, check out our “Know Jesus” page..“He [Jesus] is Lord of lords and King of Kings ” Revelation 17:14 (NIV)


Read Verses:

Psalm 24; Ephesians 5:1-Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 1:12-Colossians 1:14; 1 John 3:1-1 John 3:3; Revelation 17:14