As followers of Jesus we have declared Him to be Lord and Saviour. Too often people want Him to “save them” but don’t want Him to be their Master, Leader, Lord. In my understanding of Scripture He cannot be your Saviour if He is not your Lord. Saviour and Lord are inseparable. You can’t have one without the other. We looked at this fact yesterday.
There is more to it than simply calling Him Lord. If He is Lord – when He is Lord – then you will lay down your life and your plans and allow His life to flow through you to others and thus accomplish His plan and His purpose for your life within His Kingdom. We become a living sacrifice as expressed by Paul the apostle in Romans, chapter 12, verses one and two. Calling Him Lord means His will and not our will; His plan and not our plans; His agenda and not ours.
There were a number of Jesus followers referenced in Matthew’s retelling of the story of Jesus. These disciples were true followers of Jesus. They were walking in His anointing and functioning under His authority as did the 12 key disciples called apostles. However, they were not listening to the voice of God and doing what He wanted – they were simply ministering to others as they decided. Were good things happening? Yes! Were people being set free? Yes! Were miracles, signs, and wonders being experienced? Yes! But, God did not direct them to do these things. They were fulfilling their own desires and wishes, meeting some deep need (maybe they were co-dependent – needing to be needed). They were building a ministry as well as a reputation. But, they were not, obviously, building the Kingdom. And, that is what Jesus the King came to do. And, this is why we call Him Lord.
The Scriptures read:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
Jesus is Lord. This means we do what He asks of us – nothing more and nothing less. Jesus is Lord! This means we obey Him – His every command and every Word that He speaks. The power and the authority belong to Jesus because Jesus is Lord. So, we use the power and authority we have as born again, baptized in the Holy Spirit believers, under His direction and according to His plan and purpose. Because, Jesus is Lord!
My question: Have you really made Jesus Lord of your life? Do you have things mixed up a bit – thinking He is here to serve and help you when just the opposite is true? Are you instantly obedient to everything He says? Do you understand that you are here to serve Him and do whatever He asks without question or hesitation? This is what it means to make Jesus Lord.
Have you really done that?