God recently shocked me (surprise!) by revealing to me that I often fail to understand what it means to belong to Him, to be a part of His family. He has adopted me as His very own: “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoptions as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘ Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:4-6) Perhaps people who have been raised in royal circles understand what it means to inherit a kingdom, but most of us have no concept of that kind of life.
As I watched the wedding last week of Prince William and his beautiful bride, a commoner, the Holy Spirit began to show me that Jesus, the King of kings, has married me, the commoner, an inveterate sinner, and received me as heir and co-heir with Him of the Father’s Kingdom! Although I understand that Jesus’ relationship to His Bride, the Church, reflects the redemption He provided for us on the cross and His intent for the Church, the Bride of Christ, to partner with Him in His Kingdom work, somehow the impact of that allegorical royal wedding didn’t sink in until I watched a royal wedding of two very real people. The tiara worn by the bride served not only as a glistening adornment for her head, but also as a powerful symbol of her position as princess — and future queen — of an earthly kingdom. On her wedding day, Kate Middleton became a legal member of the House of Windsor and heir to a throne.
The prophet Isaiah also speaks of a tiara, a bride, a bridegroom, a new name, and an inheritance. “You shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will name. You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord and a royal diadem [aka tiara] in the hand of your God. You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah [my delight is in her], and your land Beulah [married]; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. (Isaiah 62:2b-4) When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, the Father literally changes our name, just as brides all over the earth traditionally receive the family name of their new husbands. We are legally a part of His family. We are no longer desolate, rejected, forsaken, alone, pathetic, and sinful. Instead, we are the object of our heavenly Bridegroom’s delight, partners with Him in the heavenly Kingdom. His Name speaks of ALL He is, His attributes, His DNA, the GREAT “I AM” who made all things. The married land signifies our inheritance in Him, for it truly is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom — HIS Kingdom (see Luke 12:32)!
God is asking me to STOP taking my “maiden name” back and acting as if I belong to my old spiritual family: the family of rejection, desolation, destruction, spiritual poverty, abandonment, sin, and sorrow. I need to remember WHOSE I am and realize that the Father, by His Spirit, has planted His own DNA in me (see 2 Cor. 3:18), holy DNA that has the power to transform my very nature. He has granted me His Name and lavished His royal gifts on me (every spiritual blessing — Eph. 1:3!). He takes great DELIGHT in me!
Ask Him for revelation on this point as you navigate the sea of life’s circumstances. Receive the tiara the Lover of your soul has purchased for you with His Blood! You are the object of His delight! Forget your people and your father’s house (your old spiritual blueprint of sin and iniquity, your former heritage). The King of Kings desires your beauty (see Psalm 45:10-11). He has set His heart on you!