Day 3 — Jesus: Our Lord
21 Days of Jesus, A Devotional
by Pastor Chris Davis
Luke 6: 46 (NKJV)
“Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?
Matthew 7:21–22 (NKJV)
“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!”
Have you ever wondered what it really means to call Jesus Lord?
Jesus tells us that many will call him Lord, but not all who do so will enter into the kingdom of heaven. Notice how he says, “in that day”. He is referring to the coming day when all mankind will stand before God in judgment (2 Corinthians 5:10). In that day, there won’t be a question whether or not He is Lord. But for now, we need to answer this question with surety because clearly our eternal destination hinges on this one answer. The bible says,
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”. -Romans 10:9
Salvation comes by confessing (verbal agreement) that He is Lord, but a believing heart (faith) is what He is really looking for.
The only way to prove that you believe in His absolute authority (lordship) is to do what He says to do.
Many people mistakenly gloss over the implication of this term. It’s a big concept. It means that He owns it all. I mean everything; the universe and everyone and everything in it (Matthew 28:18). Here’s a question to ponder: does He own your life? Making Jesus Lord is a personal decision that doesn’t affect the reality of His lordship. It means that you respond to that reality by turning over the ownership of your life to Him. When His decisions become final in your life then you have effectively made Him Lord.
I know this is not easy because human nature is naturally rebellious to authority. My life was transformed when I encountered the truth of His lordship. When I first met Christ, my assumptions of a god who would respond to my demands and make all my dreams come true proved to be an idol that I had created. I thought God didn’t exist because he didn’t respond to me in the way that I wanted. The problem was that I was trying to be lord of my life. An encounter with the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit changed all of that (2 Corinthians 3:17). My hardened heart softened and I began to desire His way instead of my own. Faith became a matter of recognizing His authority and submitting to it (Luke 7: 1–9). I learned that the evidence of my faith was in how I lived my life obediently (James 2:17).
Somehow, we’ve allowed a gospel to creep in that omits submission to authority while still trying to proclaim “Jesus is Lord”. The bible warns us of the effects of this (2 Timothy 3:1–2). Double mindedness will never please God (James 1:7–8). Maybe you’ve been wrestling with a decision to obey God or fighting a temptation that you cannot seem to overcome. Make the wise choice to surrender your heart to Christ today.
Letting go of your will to lay hold of His is the only way to move forward with a life that overcomes and enjoys the blessings of the kingdom of God.