If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” -Romans 10:9-13 NLT
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. -Philippians 2:9-11 NLT
Jesus is Lord- every knee will bow on earth, in heaven and below the earth declaring his Lordship. The Greek word for Lord is Kyrios meaning owner, emperor, king, father, husband or master. It can also translate the Hebrew words and names of God: Adonai, Yahweh and Elohim. When we address Jesus as Lord, we are declaring that he is God and has ultimate control of our lives.
Allowing Jesus to be Lord of our lives is not always easy. It’s about living in holiness, separating ourselves from the world and living pure lives dedicated to God. Yes, there is salvation and we become Christians when we call upon Jesus, but making Jesus our Lord is a step further in our relationship with Him. As we grow in our relationship with the Lord we progress as Paul states many times in his letters…
Believing in the Lord
Loving in the Lord
Working hard in the Lord
Boasting in the Lord
Being faithful in the Lord
Being strong in the Lord
Hoping in the Lord
Standing firm in the Lord
Rejoicing in the Lord.
Paul teaches us that Jesus is not just our Savior but indeed our Lord. In Jesus, we live, work, pray, suffer, walk, and love. Our joy does not depend on having things our way but relying on the Lord to live in and through us. So how do we do this? “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments” (Matt. 22:37-40).
Allowing Jesus to be Lord of our lives enables us to love him with all our hearts, souls and minds and then reaching out to others in love. We are able to do this by plugging into his power- through the Holy Spirit. Think of a lamp, it cannot glow if it is not plugged into the source. Jesus as Lord is the source of power enabling us to live holy lives. We have to be plugged into the power.
Think over the past week- how well did we allow Jesus to be Lord of our lives? Did others recognize Jesus in our conversations, emails, Facebook posts, actions in how we treated each other? Are we just hoping to get to heaven with a fire insurance ticket out of hell or are we desiring to be more like Jesus and have a genuine love relationship with him? Ask Christ to restore the joy of our salvation, ask him to be Lord of our lives and plug into the power living out our love for him in our daily lives.
Jesus, I want to move from just having you as my Savior. I desire you to be my Lord and my Master. I want to tap into your power so I can love you with all my heart, soul, and strength. I want others to see you in me. Jesus, thank you for giving of yourself as a lowly baby in the manger to live and die for me. Jesus, this Christmas I give all of me, leave nothing behind. I want to be holy for you are holy. Help me to show to the world that you are indeed Lord of my life. In Jesus name, Amen.
For further study:
Deuteronomy 10:14-17; Matthew 7:21-27; Romans 14:10-12