November 13 - Earthly Royalty or Heavenly Royalty?

By Alice Northcutt

Today's Scripture: Hebrews 11:24-26

Central Thought: Our choices affect much more than the current events in our lives; they determine our eternal destiny—our choice or rejection of eternal royalty.

    As a child I often pondered what it would be like to live in a palace with all the luxuries such a life would afford. I was fascinated by kings and queens, princes and princesses. I could visualize my place as a part of a royal family. And I did become a part of a royal family—but not in the sense of my childhood dreams. No plush and pompous surroundings. No servants appearing at the ring of a bell. No gold coins at my disposal. I became a child of the King of all kings when I accepted the gift that was provided by Jesus Christ when He gave His life for me—and you.

    Moses had the chance that I probably will never have, a chance that most people in the world will never have. He was a son in the royal household of Pharaoh. But Moses chose to join himself with God's people and their suffering rather than to continue to enjoy the material benefits of earthly royalty in Pharaoh's home. Moses traded temporary, earthly pleasures for eternal, heavenly treasures.

    Regardless of our economic status, we all have access to heavenly riches. Why? Because "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son [Jesus], that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). You and I may not have the option to be a part of a royal family on earth, but we all have the option to enjoy heavenly royalty.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, thank You for inviting me to become a part of Your royal family that I may enjoy eternal royalty.

Today's Bible Reading: Ezekiel 27:1-28:26; Hebrews 11:17-31; Psalm 111:1-10; Proverbs 27:15-16