More Than A Bastard: When Royal Blood Flows Through You
by Shingai Ndinga
Have you ever had a moment where you lost your keys, and spend time looking for them — only to find out that there were in your pocket all along? Yes, I have had that happen to me countless times. It may be something crucial in that moment such as a pen, or some pocket change.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a place where we doubt who we truly are or what we have — not what we think we are or have, and one of the things we can actually do is look on the inside. This post is based on two stories: one Biblical one from the Old Testament, as well as a currently popular yet fictitious one.
Mephibosheth was the son of King Jonathan and he was only 5 years old when his father and grandfather died. His nurse accidentally dropped him whilst rushing and he lost the use of his feet. This affected his outlook on life from within. This is someone who has royal blood in him.
Years later, when David asked if there is anyone left from Jonathan’s house, Mephibosheth was brought in and he spoke of himself saying “What is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” (2 Samuel 9:8). Here, the grandson of the very previous king, calling himself a dog.
How often do we beat ourselves up or call ourselves names that to put us down? We are more than that. David ended up giving him everything that belonged to Saul including servants. What a mind-shifting moment that was? In a second, one’s identity is consciously shifted. Yet, his identity really hadn’t changed, had it? He always had royal blood in him, but he allowed low self-esteem to eat him up.
In another story, the popular TV show Game of Thrones, we have come to learn that Eddard Stark’s son, as we have known him to be Jon Snow (a bastard- that is, one whom who was born out of marriage and has no claim to inheritance nor titles) turns out to be rightful heir to the entire seven kingdoms. He is truly Aegon Targaryen. Whilst he was proclaimed to be the king in the north in previous seasons, his legitimate claim extends beyond the north, but to the entire kingdoms in Westeros. He is more than a bastard.
In these stories, both always had royal blood in them, whether they knew it or not. However, they conformed to the knowledge of what had been told to them, about them. I have found myself doubting my abilities in recent years, and yet I am more than what my negative thoughts or depression have said I am. All I have to do is look within, as I truly have royal blood. It is decreed that “Greater is HE that is in me…” (1 John 4:4)— once we can fully grasp this truth, we can change our outlook on life for the better.
I encourage you to dig deeper within for your worth, even if it means going all the way back to Jesus.
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