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2 Jesus As Lord

By Walter A.  Henrichsen

This time we are going to deal with four aspects involved in making Christ the Lord of our lives:

1)      The fact that Jesus is Lord whether we want Him to be or not.

2)      Reasons we don’t want to acknowledge Him as Lord.

3)      What it means to acknowledge Him as Lord.

4)      Why Jesus wants to be our Lord.

Jesus is Lord Whether We Want Him to Be or Not. Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things and He holds everything together. “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him, and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist; and He is the Head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:16-18).

Have you ever wondered how little of your life you control? Did you decide when you would be born, who your parents would be or the country you would be born? Did you decide the color of your skin, your hair, your eyes? How about your intelligence, your height, and your appearance? In every one of these areas and in many more, you have no say in the matter.

Then at what point do you exercise control? The Bible suggests that you control a small but important part of your life, namely your will. Lordship has to do with your will. It involves surrendering it to Jesus Christ. It means that Jesus is Lord of all of you, not just part of you, whether you like it or not. A disciple acknowledges and professes that Jesus is Lord of all.

Why We Do Not Want to Acknowledge Christ as Lord

The most frequent reasons given are:

1) He may ask us to do something that we do not want to do.

Of course He will and you can count on Him asking you to do things you would rather not do. Abraham did not want to offer up Isaac as a sacrifice. Moses did not want to go before Pharaoh. Joseph did not want to spend all those years in prison. Jesus did not want to go to the cross.

A Disciple does not pamper himself by satisfying his wants and desires in a self-gratifying fashion.  When Jesus is Lord of your life, every area is under His jurisdiction – your thoughts, your plans, your vocation, your leisure, and your life goal.

2) We think we know what is best for us.

When we were a child, our parents exercise lordship over us because when left alone, we could hurt or kill ourselves.  When we become physically mature, we think that we have control over our lives. This is where we make mistakes because as mature adults left to ourselves, we could still hurt ourselves.

3) We are not sure that God has our best interest at heart.

If God wanted to make us miserable and plague us with difficulties, there’s really nothing we can do about it. He could make our life absolutely intolerable. However this is not what His plan is for our life. Listen to what He says through the prophet Jeremiah, “for I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) The very issue of lordship revolves around the fact that Jesus does want to get involved in our life because He has the best plans for us in His heart.

What It Means to Acknowledge Him as Lord

The implications of recognizing Jesus Christ as Lord is readily seen in the Lord’s prayer:

1) Our Father… not “my Father”. A disciple must be able to identify with people where they are, to sit where they sit. The disciple is a learner, a pilgrim, one who is on quest to make his life that God would have it be. Therefore, he must understand the needs and frailties of people.

2)  Hallowed be Thy name… Jesus did not say “hallowed be my name” but “hallowed be my Father’s name”. Acknowledging His Lordship means surrendering your name. Are you interested in making a name for yourself? Do you desire to be recognized by people? To have Jesus as your Lord means to desire that His name, not yours, be hallowed.

3)  Thy Kingdom come… God’s desire is to rule here on earth as He rules in heaven. He is in the process of building His kingdom. Are you untiringly laboring to build the kingdom of Christ, or are you busy building your own little kingdom? A way to seek God’s kingdom is through evangelism by “bringing men from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. “ Are you actively involved in evangelism?

4)  Thy will be done… You cannot pray “Thy will be done” unless you are actively involved in finding the will of God for your life and doing it. Begin by doing what you know through the Scriptures to be the will of God. If you do this, the Holy Spirit will be faithful to make clear those areas that are uncertain. (Read John 5:30).

5)  Give us this day our daily bread… We can pray this prayer only if our attitude is, “All I have comes from and belongs to Jesus.” Otherwise why ask Him for something that “naturally comes to us anyhow.” (Read 1 Cor. 6L19-20). Because Jesus bought you at the price of His blood, you are not your own. You belong to Him. Lordship means recognizing this fact and surrendering all that you are and have and hope to be to Him.  Think over the things you own which  you consider precious. It might be your house, your automobile, your furniture…then ask yourself. Who owns them? If it truly belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ, then you won’t mind making it available to Jesus to be used as He sees fit.

6) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors… Jesus is telling us to pray, “Lord, I want you to forgive me in just the same way that I forgive other people.  Could you say that? Could you settle for God forgiving you in proportion to how you forgive others? Lordship leads to a mutual commitment, involving not only receiving, but giving. Grace is God’s willingness to commit Himself to us. Lordship is our willingness to commit ourselves totally to God.

7)  And lead us not into temptation… To pray this prayer means that  I am willing to surrender questionable things. I am not only willing to surrender those things that are sin, but I am also willing to surrender all those areas of my life that tend to lead me into temptation.

8)  Deliver us from [the] evil [one]… Lordship involves the recognition that there is no way we can fight our own battles. Christ, and He alone, must keep us. No one in his own strength can do battle with the enemy and win. Even Jesus Christ defeated Satan only at the price of the cross. James, the brother of our Lord Jesus, puts it this way: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7) The devil will flee from us if we do two things: (1) submit ourselves to the Lord and (2) resist him in the Lord’s strength.

Why Does Jesus Want to Be Our Lord?

Why does Christ bother to get involved in our lives? Why does He not just leave us in our misery? This is one of the great mysteries of the Bible. But the Scriptures are very clear that He loves us and does want to get involved. He does want to be Lord of our lives. When I look at my own sinfulness, my own propensity for evil, I must confess that this is a staggering thought.

A helicopter pilot was flying over a rugged terrain when he noticed an automobile trying to pass a large truck. It was obvious that the driver of the car was extremely impatient to get around the truck; his car crossed back and forth from one lane to the other. Each time the auto sought to pass the truck, it would either reach a double line, a hill or a bend, or meet another car coming from the opposite direction. From the pilot’s perspective, he could see several miles down the highway and he thought, “If I could communicate with the man in the automobile, he could tell him when it was safe to pass and when it was unsafe.

As we are in the move in this great adventure called life, we cannot see around the bend into tomorrow or over the hill into next week. Consequently, we are not sure when it is safe to pass. Because Jesus Christ is Lord of all, seeing the end from the beginning, He does know.

His willingness to be our Lord reveals His desire to get involved in our lives so He can tell us when it is safe to move ahead and when it is best not to move. Would we not be extremely foolish to turn down such a gracious offer?

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