When you talk do you think people want to listen to you? Do you feel uncomfortable around successful or powerful people? Do you blame circumstances for your problems or do you take responsibility for your life?
How you answer these questions says a lot about your identity as a prince or a pauper. A prince chooses his words wisely because he understands his words have authority and power. A pauper is concerned about making enough to survive for another month. A king thinks about leaving a legacy.
So what are you? Do you believe you belong to a royal family? Are you a powerful person who makes powerful decisions? Or are you just a slave who will always work for the taskmasters?
Prince or Pauper Test by Kris Vallotton
If you’re curious to find out if you think more like a prince or a pauper then take this test by Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church. We aren’t going to change if we don’t first recognize a need to. And if we really want to transform this world then we need to have our minds renewed regarding our identities as sons and daughters of the King.
(If you want to read a good book about royalty and the kingdom of God I recommend The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallotton. In it he talks about our true identity as a child of the King of kings and he denounces the “pauper mentality” many Christians have.)
Why Does It Matter?
If we see ourselves as week, powerless, and insignificant then our lives will be just that. But if we believe we are strong, powerful and destined for great things then we will live our lives accordingly. This is more than just positive thinking. This is coming into agreement with the reality of God and taking our rightful place of leadership in the earth.
For three things the earth is perturbed, Yes, for four it cannot bear up:
For a servant when he reigns, A fool when he is filled with food. (Pro 30:21-22)
The Church Wants to Raise Up Servants but Not Kings
The church wants to raise up servants but not kings. I agree with being a servant-leader but if you don’t have the identity of a king then you will end up being a servant-servant who tries to manage other servants. This is why Proverbs says that the earth cannot bare up a servant when he tries to reign and rule.
God desires that we disciple nations and it will take kings to do this. Our call is not just to serve the down and out of our city but to also change nations.
Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. (Psalm 2:8)
If we want to see the world change then we must stop acting like paupers and step into our role as king. Some people don’t want this responsibility and would prefer to adhere to a belief system that says we are powerless to do anything. It’s a difference between just “holding on until Jesus returns” or seeing “on earth as it is in heaven” come to pass all around us!