Children of the King

Nov 18th 2017

Have you ever felt like you don’t fit in or that no one likes you? Let alone that someone actually loves you in this world.  In the story in Acts 10:1-43  Peter tells Cornelius that “God’s message is that God loves ALL of the people, not just some of them.” God welcomes everyone. Even when we wonder away from God.  As is illustrated in the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11- 31.

Some times we don’t feel like we are worthy to be liked let alone loved for the things we have done in our lives. However our sins can not be greater then the God’s grace. No matter what you do you can’t out sin the grace of God.  Grace is God’s loving favour for us. Not because we deserve it but because he loves us We have been purchased from our slavery of sin by the blood of God’s only Son Jesus Christ.

To God it doesn’t matter what trouble or trauma lies in our past, he is our loving father that can make things right. He creates beauty from ashes. If we bring all our trash to Jesus, He’ll take it and turn it into something good. It doesn’t matter how bad we think our trash is or how bad we think it smells, whatever we’ve done, or whether we think we deserve it or not, He’ll clean it up and give you a whole new life. No matter how discouraging things may look there is always a place for us to follow God.  God saves us, forgives us, rebuilds our lives. The Bible says that “All of us have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. Because Jesus came as our sacrifice, He freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins” (Romans 3:23-24) Grace is God’s provision for our sin through His son.  The Bible also says that that if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NIV)

Jesus says “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes through the father except through me”  The wages of sin is death. But we are saved by the blood of Jesus on the cross. Through that God forgives us and redemption is possible. This is God’s provision of Grace for us.

God is love and God is grace. He is forgiving and compassionate because the ultimate price was paid by His son. For that reason He is the Holy God of Grace. When one of his back sliding wayward children comes home God comes running to them with open arms and hugs them. The in the parable of the prodigal son, the youngest son was forgiven before he ever got home. The same is true for us. Doesn’t matter what the sin is or how far you have wandered from God he is ready to meet you and welcome you back when and if you decided to return home. Grace is God’s kindness unconditional love and forgiveness for us. For some that is hard to understand and accept. But when you think about if you crumple up a $20 bill and get it dirty. Is it worth any less? No it still has the same value. Well we’re the same. No matter what dirt we have on us from our past. We are the daughters and sons of the King of Kings. Which makes us princess and princes.

This theme is what makes up the story line of my 2014 independent Dramatic Christian production “Daughter of the King”.  The story is  about  Ashley Miller (Debra van Gaalen) a young 20 something women who is trying to rebuild her life and move beyond the mistakes she has made in the past. After serving a sentence for possession for the purpose of trafficking, Ashley tries to rebuild her life. However she is in over head in a large personal debt she owes and it is standing in her way. Due to her inability to pay her outstanding debt it is not long before she is sucked back into the world of drugs and finds herself addicted again. She is forced into a lifestyle of being a debt slave and working for Haydar (Florin Marksteiner) who she owes money to. Under Haydar and his Assistant Angel’s (Tiffany Blom) control Ashley now must work as a prostitute and trafficking drugs to work off her debt. While under their control Ashley is verbally abused and humiliated. Lowering her self esteem to the point she feels she is worthless and deserves all that has happened to her.  Nadia (Kelsea Meredith), Ashley’s friend tries to help Ashley see her way back from the dark turn her life has taken. Through out the production Ashley is taken on a life journey that turns her life upside down before she finally finds herself arrested again for trafficking. At her lowest moment she comes into the light and finds God and accepts her rightful place as the daughter of  the King of Kings. But this new found faith and redemption does not change her criminal charges. Now she must face her criminal sentence and try to find peace in her life as she struggles to move beyond her past, forgive herself and find the freedom by grace she desires to cleanse her of her past mistakes.

As the writer and of the production and I would like to share some of my thoughts on the topic of the film. We all struggle with things in our life and some times don’t feel worth or valuable. This is especially true for some women in our world today. That’s what this story deals a lot with. In Psalm 45:9 says that “Daughters of Kings are among the honoured women”.  In the Daughter of the King movie which is in production this is true for Ashley.

Look at 2 Corinthians 6:18 in the bible that says “I will be the father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, the Lord almighty.” Which shows God sees us as his sons and daughters.  Also look at Isaiah 61:10 where it says “I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” . This is a true reference to us being treated like royal sons and daughters by God because of the salvation that his Son Jesus brought us. This is only backed up by Romans 8:16 which says  “Since we are His Children, we are His Heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are the heirs of God’s glory.”

God is the King of Kings “God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords” 1st Timothy 6:15. As the King of Kings

God welcomes all his royal and precious children that want to come home and take there place in His royal family. There is enough Grace to wipe away all that we have done wrong if we accept Jesus into Our hearts. God loves ALL of His people. We are each very precious and valuable to God. So we each must take our rightful place as a sons and daughters of the King our most Holy God.  You’re either a princess or prince in His Kingdom.  God’s love is for everyone. Come Join the Royal family of God.

Matthew R. Marshall