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Moses was royalty. He was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. Some speculate that, had he remained in the royal family that he might have eventually been Pharaoh or at least a high ranking Egyptian official.

Moses turned his back on all that in order to be loyal to that which was royal within him. But wait, how can we say that when he left the royal family? The “royalty” within Moses was God.

By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. —Hebrews 11.24–25

He refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter—Moses knew who he was and more importantly, Whose he was—Who he belonged to; his heritage was Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph… not the Pharaohs of Egypt.

He was loyal to that which was royal within him.

May the same be said of us.

P.S.—Apologies to Tom Carver, from whom I first heard this phrase.