Those of us who have received Christ are literally children of royalty. 
—Beth Moore, Breaking Free

One day a princess went hunting in the woods. When she returned, she was almost unrecognizable. The hair under her hood was tousled. Her clothes were torn. Her shoes were caked in mud. Her face was dirty. And she even smelled a little bit. After returning her horse to the stable, she approached the gates of the castle. Curtly, the royal guards turned her away. Pulling off her hood and standing a little straighter, she insisted, “It is I!” Recognizing her as the princess, the guards bowed and granted her entrance.

Though royal privilege may feel foreign to many of us, it is, nonetheless, our inheritance in Christ! The woman who had suffered for eighteen years was a daughter of Abraham, and Jesus honored her birthright (Luke 13:16). As a kingdom woman, she could capture the ear and heart of God.

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul wrote, “If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (3:29, ESV). The promise God made to Abraham—of covenant fidelity and blessing—is the same promise God makes to you. Even if this season of life has been hard for you, your face is dirty, and your hair is mussed, your right to claim your status as God’s daughter isn’t revocable. You are God’s beloved. Proudly enter His kingdom!