Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sweet Surrender

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

We don’t often think about it because we are not under the scourge of Roman domination. In those days, Caesar was deified, He was lord. Hence, it was a radical notion when the early Christ followers confessed that “Jesus is Lord!” That statement was an affront to Caesar’s power, and yet it stood at the core of their belief.  

I suggest that it should remain so today. The Apostle Paul said that God elevated Jesus to the position of highest honor and gave Him the name, “which is above every name” [Philippians 2.9]. The “name above every name” means that Jesus isn’t merely one name among many names; nor one noble ideal among many ideals, nor one lord among many lords.” He’s above all that. 

Our confession isn’t merely an abstract theological persuasion. It’s a strong conviction that affects the posture of our being. To honestly say “Jesus is Lord” means we bow the heart and bend the knee, surrendering all to Jesus. 

Jesus is our example of complete surrender to the will of His Father. He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a horrendous death on a cross [Philippians 2.8]. When we surrender to Jesus, the only things we lose are those things that bind us, that steal our joy, and that draw us away from the glorious kingdom of goodness and light. 

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2.10-11

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