Remember the story from your childhood? The witch turns the prince into a slippery frog, destined to a life of swamps and flies. His only hope is to be kissed by the beautiful princess. Then, and only then, will he be able to live “happily ever after.”
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just feel froggy! I feel like I’m spinning in circles on my lily pad in the swamp, hopping through the muck and the mire of life, just waiting to be gobbled up by a hungry gator. Sometimes I feel like I’m just kidding myself thinking that God can and wants to do something amazing with my life.
Over the last few weeks though, I’ve been reminded that I’m no different than my heroes of the Bible. Samson, Elisha, Isaiah, Moses, and even Hosea and Gomer were all severely flawed, slimy, fly eating frogs. Yet, God used them mightily. They just needed to be kissed by the Creator!
We all need the Creator’s kiss. Only then can we become and experience the prince that He desperately wants to unleash; the person that He truly created us to be.
You see, my God’s love for me has changed me infinitely more than the mistakes and failures of my past could ever define me. Yes, I am a child of the Most High King!… A prince, if you will.
What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. (Romans 8:31-34, NLT)
Church, we are frogs, but we’ve been kissed by the grace of our Prince Jesus Christ, never to be the same. Paul says it this way, “But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:11, NLT)
When I understand I’m a prince, that froggy feeling goes away. Now, I have one job, and one job only… showing other frogs the Creator so they can experience what it’s like to be a prince! Let’s get hoppin’!