Jesus Is My Lord PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kris Brewer   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 01:58

In today’s world of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), it is easy to have a shallow faith. Every day we read posts from various people declaring their faith in Christ through attractive slogans, pictures with catchy captions, and quoted verses often without any context. Unfortunately, for many people this type of superficial faith is enough, and developing the type of faith that the New Testament calls for is far from their spiritual plan. Perhaps one of the strongest tools that Satan has at his disposal is deceiving people today into believing that they are pleasing God with nothing more than a mental or vocal assent to the Lordship of Jesus. But, the question is, “Is God satisfied with this superficial faith?”

 

Jesus Himself can give us an answer to this question. Even during His own time there were those who came along and claimed to submit to His Lordship, but who refused to actually submit to Him. Consider what He said, as recorded in the gospel of Luke:

 

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great” (Luke 6:46–49).

 

With their mouths these people declared Jesus to be Lord, but with their actions they showed that they were really unwilling to submit to His instructions. When we cry out that “Jesus is my Lord” but refuse to actually do what He commands, we are showing the same type of problem. Saying that Jesus is our Lord is quite different than actually allowing Jesus to be our Lord.

 

Another passage to consider is found in Matthew’s gospel account:

 

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7:21–23).

 

Once again, Jesus emphasized the need to be obedient to Him if we are going to claim that He is our Lord. In this context, the people were busy doing various things, claiming to act in His name, and yet the things they were doing were not what He had asked for. It did not matter how active they were if they were not willing to do what He had commanded them to do! Today, if we do not allow His word to control our actions we are not His servants any more than these people whom He condemned, and it doesn’t matter what we claim!

 

Who is Lord?

 

We must consider this question and be honest about our answer. We will identify someone or something as our “Lord,” but what we state as our Lord and what we actually serve may be two completely different things.

 

Our “Lord” is whatever we are willing to serve. We have already seen that Jesus expects us to submit our will to His if we are going to call him “Lord.” But, what happens if we fail to submit our will to His? We still have a Lord, but it is not Jesus. It is, in fact, our selves! Instead of being concerned about what Christ wants of us, we become concerned about what we like and what we want. We claim to have Jesus as Lord, but we serve our own selfish desires instead. How do we know when we serve ourselves rather than Jesus as Lord? We can examine our practices and see if they are from His word or from the teachings of men! Consider a few examples that will help us to know whom we serve as Lord:

 

Morality...

 

When we read in the New Testament of the need to pursue righteousness and the condemnation of various sins, but disregard those instructions because they conflict with our own desires, we show that Christ is not our Lord. Rather, our own desires rule us. Sexual sins, such as homosexuality, adultery and fornication are rampant among those who claim to be religious, those who claim to be Christians, and yet scripture clearly condemns such practices (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Profanity is a common occurrence, despite Paul’s condemnation of such (Ephesians 5:3-7).

 

Unfortunately, we often deceive ourselves into believing that God will accept our flawed state, even though we refuse to even try to make corrections to bring ourselves into the form that He requires. We think that God will overlook our choices, even though we may accept that He will punish others for their transgressions. We continue in our sinful choices, convinced that we are going to be accepted despite God’s condemnation of our practices. So, we continue in our lusts, our lasciviousness, our addictions, our profanity, our coarse jesting, our lying, and such like because we are convinced that our sin is not significant. In reality, if we are going to truly accept Christ as Lord, we must be willing to repent and leave our sinful practices behind (Romans 6:15-23).

 

Obedience...

 

While we want to claim that Jesus is Lord, we often refuse to be obedient to His commandments. This is never more obvious than when it comes to our initial obedience to Him. The scriptures are clear that there are certain things that we must do if we want to accept the salvation that is offered by God. He has not made it an unconditional gift, but rather a conditional one! While many want to limit obedience to a mere intellectual assent that Jesus is Lord (belief), the New Testament scriptures are quite clear that there is more that God requires. If one wants to be saved, he or she must be willing to :

 

Repent. Those who insist on continuing in their past sins have no hope of eternal life. God has commanded all men to repent (Acts 17:30). If God has “commanded all men everywhere to repent,” how can we think that it is not a part of what is necessary for salvation?

 

Confess. God requires that those who will be saved must be willing to confess the name of Christ (Romans 10:9-10). Paul clearly states in this context that “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” If confession is made unto salvation, then how can salvation be achieved without the confession? This is an act, beyond simple belief, that is required by God for those who want access to His salvation!

 

Be Baptized. Perhaps the greatest deterrent to many obeying the Lord’s gospel today is a rejection of the act of baptism. Despite the fact that repentance and confession are both acts of obedience which are often accepted, baptism is rejected as some sort of meritorious act. In fact, it is no different, and it serves as an act of obedience, one of the conditions that God has put on the salvation that He has provided. The inspired apostle Peter said, “There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism...”(1 Peter 3:21). Saul, when he was being taught by Ananias was told that he needed to “arise and be baptized and wash away [his] sins” (Acts 22:16). Baptism saves us, and baptism washes away sins. How can the act not be required for salvation if these passages are true?

 

We see these requirements in scripture, and yet there are many people today who reject the necessity of these practices. When we choose to reject what God has recorded for us clearly in His word, we are not revering Christ as Lord, but instead we are serving our own desires. If we do not like His commands, we simply disregard them. We are not submitting to His will, but rather serving our own will!

 

Worship...

 

We can see another obvious example of serving ourselves rather than Christ as Lord when we look at what is called “worship” in the religious world today. Rather than looking for what Christ has approved in His word, men often do what they want instead. There is a common belief that if we like something, then it must be approved of by God. If we are happy with some practice, then it must make God happy. Earlier we cited Matthew 7:21-23, which made it clear that those who were practicing things contrary to the will of Christ would not be accepted by Him, even if they did so claiming to do it in His name. Only by doing what He has instructed can we rightly declare our actions to be by His authority, or in His name:

 

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Colossians 3:17).

 

Though they are mocked for doing so, those who stay within the boundaries set by the New Testament for their work and worship are serving Christ as Lord. Entertainment has become prevalent in many religious organizations, but such entertainment is not for the praise and glory of Christ, for He has never asked for it. This entertainment is for the sake of attracting people and serving their desires. When Christ instructs us to sing (through His inspired writer, Colossians 3:16) and we decide we want to worship by playing instrumental music instead, we are no longer serving Him as Lord, but rather serving ourselves and fulfilling our own desires. When He asks for our somber remembrance of His death in a memorial meal and we begin serving fellowship dinners, we are no longer serving Him as Lord, but rather ourselves (1 Corinthians 11:23-34). When He asks for assemblies conducted in reverence and decent order and we offer Him concerts, pageants, plays, and sporting events, we are no longer serving Him as Lord, but rather ourselves (1 Corinthians 14:40). When He tells us that women are to be silent in these assemblies (1 Corinthians 14:34) and we declare that such a premise is “old-fashioned,” making women evangelists and pastors, we are no longer serving Christ as Lord, but rather ourselves. We are fulfilling our own desires!

 

What Will We Choose?

 

We must decide whether we will accept Christ as Lord, which means that we will submit ourselves completely to His will, or if we will continue to serve our own hearts and desires. We can continue to claim that Jesus is our Lord, but if we refuse to do what He commands he is not truly our Lord. It is easy to say that Jesus is our Lord, but it is far more difficult to conduct ourselves in a way that shows He is really our Lord. We must turn our hearts completely to His will. Only then will He be our Lord!

 

“If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15).

 

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (John 14:21).

 

If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love (John 15:10).

 

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome (1 John 5:2–3).

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