The Two Kingdoms

Okay, so I’m an anglophile. 

Everything British attracts me, particularly teas and royalty. I love the ambiance and tasty treats of tea – the whole idea of luxuriating in good food, beautiful surroundings and good conversation. And royalty? I love pomp and circumstance, beautiful clothes and spacious and gorgeous locations. 
Since a royal wedding just occurred between Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle, the subject of kingdoms got me thinking. The kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of God.

What are the new purposes and destiny of Meghan’s life – as that of a royal – compared to the those that might surround me as a daughter of the eternal king? These are a few items that came to mind:
Taking on a New Name and Purpose
Meghan’s title when marrying into the British Royal family became Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Sussex. Meghan's purpose is to participate in social public engagements (charity work), provide service and duty to others and serve as a representative of the Queen.

My title when I accepted Christ and became a "Christian":

I will give him...a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it...I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem….   Revelation 2:17; 3:12

My purpose is to demonstrate Christ’s love, character and attitude towards others and serve as a representative of Jesus Christ.

Dress Code
The Royal Family's dress code is for modesty. Family members should present an image that is clean-cut and presentable at all times, so that they represent their kingdom well. 

My dress code is to be focused on "clothing myself" with character qualities that reflect Christ and his kingdom.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12

Community Joined
Meghan has become a part of the British royal family and the nation of Britain.

I have become a part of God’s world-wide community of faith.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25

Lifestyle Changes
Meghan moved locations, quit her previous profession, left behind her personal social media accounts and joined a new community. She gave up some personal autonomy and personal plans to become part of - and wholly participate in - this new community and its purposes.

As a follower of Jesus, I did not have to move locations or quit my profession. However, joining this community - the Kingdom of God - guides all of my social interactions and relationships. My role as a member of this Kingdom greatly influences my desires and plans as I live out my Christian faith.

Meghan's duty is to honor and support the Queen, who is the focus for Britain's national identity, unity and pride, and who gives the nation a sense of stability and continuity. Meghan will express this support through charity work, appearing at events, traveling to strengthen diplomatic relationships, and connecting with the public.

As a Christian, my duty is to glorify Christ, to honor him. He is the focus of my identity, the church’s unity and through his Spirit, provides stability and continuity with the church throughout all time. I support Jesus and God’s kingdom through living a life of love and service toward others and proclaiming the message of the Gospel.

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Meghan and I do share some values in common – we believe that our lives have a bigger purpose than just focusing on our wants and desires. We believe that we can honor our Sovereign and serve others, using our role to bring about good in our world. We believe that we have been chosen to promote the values and principles of our Sovereign.

As I said, I love everything British. But more than loving any country’s culture or values, I love Jesus and believe that his kingdom reigns supreme. I also believe that we, as citizens of that kingdom, are called to live our lives keeping his principles and values in mind. I am honored to be a beloved daughter of the King.

I hope like me, these few examples between Meghan and I have encouraged you in your service to others because of your love for the eternal King. These differences help me remember that my true loyalty lies with his kingdom.

-  Julie