Tuesday, January 19, 2016

He Is Lord

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

"He is Lord." We sing it, and sometimes say it, but do we believe it and live it? Some consider those words to be the first confession of the early Christ followers [see Romans 10:9]. In the Apostolic Age, many were killed when they confessed it, refusing to say, “Caesar is Lord.” Jesus is the Lord of Christ followers for the simple reason He purchased us; therefore, we owe Him our allegiance. 

The Apostle Paul taught this using the ancient slave market to make his point. In his time, slaves were bought and sold daily. When a slave was purchased, he came under the full authority of the master who bought him. That’s the idea of Christ’s lordship. He owns us because He purchased us by paying the ransom price—His precious blood [1 Peter 1:17-19]. But unlike cruel slave masters, the Lord’s “yoke is easy,” and His “burden is light” [Matthew 11:28-30].

It’s one thing to say that Jesus is your Savior, it’s quite a different thing to say He is your Lord. But please hear me, it borders heresy to believe that Jesus could be your Savior without being your Lord as well. We must confess that Jesus is Lord not only with our mouths, but also with our lives—proving He is your Lord by doing His will. To think otherwise is foolishness. Jesus taught us that great truth when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven” [Matthew 7:21].

One of my Bible College professors was fond of saying, “We are not at our own disposal. As slaves, we do not have the right to live according to our own pleasure.” That’s the way of the unregenerate. They are determined to live by their own rules, to pursue self-fulfillment at any cost. As Christ followers, we are determined to live God’s way, and repent when we fail to do so. If you sing, or say, “He is Lord,” then live in obedience under His lordship. 

You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.  1 Corinthians 6:19b-20

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