Who's a prince / princess?
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Mr. Jay Speights of America recently discovered that he is royal. He took a DNA test and the results popped up as being of royal descent. The funny thing is that Speights grew up in New Jersey. He lives in an apartment. He does not even own a car. But now he’s a prince.
NPR reports that he visited his long-lost country and was welcomed home as royalty. Another paper reported, “When he first arrived, he saw what looked like a festival, hundreds of people dancing and playing instruments and singing. It took him several minutes to realize it was a welcome party—for him.” Here’s an excerpt from his interview on NPR:
Steve Inskeep (host): Royal DNA? Mr. Speights is a prince in the small West African country of Benin. His family had been trying to learn the African side of their lineage for decades, and at last, he had an answer. So naturally, he got on a plane.
Speights: Next thing you know, I'm in Benin, being crowned as a prince. It was that easy.
Inskeep: The royal family prepared a festival for his homecoming. They hung up banners. They held a parade. And because the prince had no experience with prince-ing, the royal family sent him to a so-called prince school.
Speights: What may have added to the intensity of emotion was that it was my father's birthday. And to land there on my father's birthday was just unbelievable. And I tell you, my father's presence was with me. I could see him and feel him. **
One of the greatest discoveries for a Christ-follower is, like Mr. Speights, we realize and move into our royal family -- sons and daughters of the living God, royal DNA flowing in us by Holy Spirit. I think and act differently as a prince, don't you? The legal truth of my identity in Christ has transformed me as I trust God's Word and choose to live like a prince. You too?
** David Greene and Steve Inskeep, “Maryland Man Submits DNA and Discovers He's a Prince,” NPR Morning Edition (3-6-19)