We begin the conclusion of our study and discussion of Without Rival by Lisa Bevere with Chapters 9 & 10.
“Daughter without Rival”
I’d like to begin with a question— do you consider yourself a daughter of God? If you have asked Jesus into your heart and life, then Biblically you have the right to call yourself His daughter. The thing about being someone’s daughter is, there are characteristics and behaviours that are passed on to a child that reflect their parents. Can we say we are His daughters and not invest time with Him and His Word? Our purpose as the church of Jesus Christ is to learn all we can of Him in order to reflect His character to the world.
While I was doing this study, I was watching a television show about the life of the Queen of Canada, Queen Elizabeth II. I was moved by this amazing, unwavering woman and her grace in living under, what must be, a very difficult mantel. One scene in particular made an lasting impact on me. During a conversation a newly crowned Elizabeth had with her grandmother, Queen Mary, the young queen is grappling with the existence of herself as a woman in addition to being the queen. Queen Mary reminds her that royalty is chosen by God and that the “crown must always win”. Further, for her to fulfill her responsibilities to God and her people she would have to surrender her personal goals and dreams for something bigger then herself.
When that was said, I started to think how unfair this was to her. At that moment I heard the Holy Spirit correct me. The thought was “Her calling is bigger then any other role in her life”. The minute the crown was placed on her head, her life was not her own. The “crown” or in our case the purposes of God through the message of the gospel has to be the driving force of every believers life. His crown must always go before us influencing our words and actions.
Let’s break for a moment before we carry on into the final chapters and discuss a few things. Please choose one of the questions listed and answer it in the comment section below:
- Do you see any of the Father in yourself?
- Are there things in your life that have to change in order to better reflect the characteristics of God to the people around you?
- Will you wear your crown knowing what it will cost you?
I know many of you are thinking, “if I made it known what God was calling me to be or do, the church may not support me”. That may happen. But, if God has truly called you, He will open doors no man can close. Personally I’ve learned if you want to serve God in a particular way, go get the training you need, find someone who will stand with you in prayer and “just do it”. You feel called to mentor people, they will be all around you, easy to find. If you want to help seniors then go to a seniors home and volunteer. Whatever it is, go about the Fathers business. If you don’t know what that is, read the Word of God and He will reveal it to you.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT
“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Mark 16:15 NLT
If you are waiting for permission from other people, you may be waiting a long time for what God has already approved. You are a daughter without rival and you serve a God without rival. There’s your permission!
Please choose one of the questions from our conversation cafe and answer it in the comment section below.
- What are you waiting for?
- Can you move forward even if those around you don’t understand?