Monday, February 08, 2010

More than Savior and Friend

As Christians we have the responsibility of obeying Jesus. So often we talk about Jesus being our friend and our Savior that we miss the fact that He is also our Lord. In our freedom loving country with our "freely" elected government we do have a cultural problem when it comes to understanding what it means for someone to be a Lord. Basically the idea of a lord is that of a master, ruler, or king. A lord has authority over a person’s life. The lord can decide whether or not a person lives or dies. He decides what task a servant should do. The Lord is the one who makes the decisions and thus He is the one in control.

Jesus is our Lord. He has the authority over our lives. I know that we don’t like the thought of someone having authority over us; after all we are Americans and we value our liberty. Yet, Christ claims that He has authority over our lives. He expects us to obey Him, not because He is mean and wants to make our lives miserable, but because He loves us and wants to lead us into true and everlasting life.

Why does Jesus have authority over our lives? Jesus has authority over our lives because He created us. We are His creation and as our Creator He can tell us what to do. Being our Creator He also knows what is best for us. Jesus also has authority over us because He died for us. Jesus gave up Heaven and came to earth to die a cruel cross because He wants what is best for us. He has authority over our lives because of His creative work and because of His sacrifice.

Consider for a moment what the apostle Paul wrote in Romans:
For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead. (Romans 14:7-9; NLT)

We need to stop living to please ourselves. The way we live should not be determined by what we want or what will make us feel good. Our lives should be lived for the purpose of pleasing Jesus. We please Jesus through love: we love God and we love people. We love God through our obedience and through our worship. We love people by praying for them, by serving them, by being a compassionate shoulder to cry on, by being generous with the blessings God has given us, and by telling people the truth.

Here is the point for today's pondering: Our lives belong to Jesus! Not only is this true because He created us, but it is true because His death rescued us from Satan, sin, and death. Therefore we will only discover true life when we surrender our lives to Him. It is time that we give Christ Jesus our hearts, our minds, our souls, and our strength, after all they belong to Him in the first place.

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