High maintenance? That’s the way to be. If you’re a man, treat yourself like a king. If you’re a woman, treat yourself like a queen, but what exactly does this mean? Not what you and I think. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 31:2 — 3 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
2 What, my son? And what, the son of my womb? And what, the son of my vows? 3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
In this text, the wise words of King Lemuel’s mother are being recounted in the book of wisdom known as Proverbs. This is not typically what we imagine when we think of giving ourselves the royal treatment. I don’t know about you, but until I read this verse, I took royal treatment to mean material luxury. Being carried upon a sedan chair trimmed in golden woven tassels. Someone feeding me grapes from the vine. Another fanning a cool breeze upon my crowned luscious locks. You know the drill. This Bible verse, however, opened my eyes to a whole new meaning of luxury. What is more regal than maintaining power over yourself and not allowing yourself to be swayed by man, woman, friend, or foe? What is more regal than having enough self control to avoid destructive behavior? Giving riches to a poor man does not make him royalty, but a penniless pauper walking righteously is more kingly than the crooked man bearing a scepter and living in a castle. Here’s to bearing royal blood as children of the most high God! Here’s to embracing spiritual high maintenance and giving ourselves the true royal treatment.
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