The day that the Church began one of Jesus’ disciples preached a sermon. God touched the hearts of many people because they believed what Peter spoke about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. They were convicted by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:37) of their sin, Jesus’ righteousness, and the coming judgment (John 16:8-10). Peter shared that Jesus is God in human form who died to save us from our sins allowing us to then have a dynamic and daily relationship with Jesus and our Heavenly Father. This is called the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23b and John 17:3).
The people responded. They cried out “What shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) They believed what they heard but believing in Jesus requires more than intellectual assent. Another Bible preacher, James the apostle, wrote: “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shutter” (James 2:19). And, they are not going to Heaven. So, obviously, there is more needed than mental assent or knowing the facts about Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection and all that this accomplished..
Before and after the original sin that separated man from God, man believed in God. The problem was not a lack of belief, but instead the lack of lordship. To be truly born again and thus assured of eternity in Heaven with Jesus; in other words, restoring us to a right relationship with God, requires both belief and surrender to the Lordship of Jesus.
Jesus is Lord and not just Saviour. In fact, He cannot be your Saviour unless He is also your Lord. So, “What shall we do?” Good question. We need to look at our life and see who is actually running it. Who is calling the shots? Are we still chasing our own dreams, hopes, and aspirations? Or, have we bowed the knee to Jesus and thus working on fulfilling His plan and His purpose for our life? Are we building our empire or helping Him in the expansion of His Kingdom? When making daily decisions in life do we pray and ask for His guidance and direction or do we simply do what we think is best in the situation?
This is not just playing games with words. This is really a serious matter. Jesus is Lord! And He is not your best friend, your co-pilot, or an emergency switch to pull when you don’t know what else to do. He is Lord – Ruler, King, Master, Leader. He does not settle for second place. He is Lord! And, until He is Lord and you have offered Him your whole life as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2) then you are simply a nominal Christian, a cultural Christian, a Christian in name only. You may believe you are safe and that, when you die, you are going to Heaven but this is not biblically true.
Not only must He be Lord but … tomorrow we will look at what else is needed.