In their August 5, 2013 issue, Globe magazine (globemagazine.com) printed an article about Queen Elizabeth. It revealed her decision to pass over her son Prince Charles as the next king in favor of her grandson. The only thing stopping her was that British Parliament needed to change the laws of ascension. Looking back we can see how Queen Elizabeth came to her decision. Prince Charles’ behavior, which is a matter of public record, played a significant part. Then, on his birthday in November, Prince Charles, for all his life the heir apparent, voluntarily gave up his claim. Apparently a lifetime of poor decisions had cost him the throne. What does this have to do with the body of Christ?
Examples in the world can mirror the Kingdom of Heaven. John the Baptist announced Lord Jesus as the Kingdom of Heaven’s king. The Bible explains how God adopts us as His children at our born-again birth experience. Thus we become members of His royal household and joint-heirs with Lord Jesus. Are you starting to get the picture? All believers are Kingdom of Heaven royalty. As such, they are destined to reign by His side for eternity. There’s just one problem. When they enter the Kingdom of Heaven, they start out as babies and need to grow up. Just like Crown Prince William’s newborn son Prince George, royalty in the natural must be trained before they can take their place. And so must the children of God. Thus, as in the example of Prince Charles, heir apparent is not heir guaranteed.
The Word of God is specific on how believers are to prepare to take their royal place. And the only time in which they have to do this is while they are alive on Earth. Once they fall asleep, there can be no more preparations. Just like earthly royalty, the decision to do whatever it takes to prepare for their eternal responsibilities, is theirs alone. Believers can start today by making the right decisions.