Who is Lord? By, A.J. Rasmussen October 28, 2015
Well, isn't that an easy question for those who confess to being a Christian? I thought so; however, three months ago when this question surfaced as a topic for me to write to 'you' about, I was thinking, 'Oh, I can talk on this, peace of cake!'
So, why do I sit here, three months later still battling with writing about it? Because I am certain that I don't live every day myself with Jesus as Lord of my life. It is much more difficult than it sounds. A person can easily spout out 'Jesus is Lord of my life!' But in your prayer closet, all by yourself when you really consider this question, is He truly?
I had written on my calendar, late last month that today would be the day to have this completed by. I've taken stabs at it, off and on for most of this month, even writing it already once, only to feel as though it was only words on a piece of paper.
I opened my In Touch devotion from Charles Stanley today, the day I was to write. Low and behold the title of today's devotion, "Giving Jesus First Place"
Coincidence? I've said before, I'm not a man who believes in such a thing. Giving Jesus first place is the very definition, simple and to the point, of making Him Lord of your life. I knew this, because a couple years ago, I physically wrote out my new priorities, with Jesus as number one. That doesn't mean I don't often take Him off that top step, trying to take the step for myself. I do all too often, hence my difficulty in writing about it, because I don't want to sound like a hypocrite, which is a quality, not a good one, too many of us Christians posess.
Charles Stanley goes on to describe characteristics of people who live a life under Jesus as Lord. 1.) A quiet spirit 2.) Stronger faith 3.) A purified heart 4.) A prepared mind
Number four is one I struggle with most I believe. When persecution comes, when we face difficult moments, how do we respond? A prepared mind would mean we are equipped to face such battles, yet I don't always deal properly, or in the strength of the Lord. I often fail, allowing pride and emotion to take the top step, giving Jesus the ol' hip bump down the stairway.
"I got this Jesus!" Go ahead, laugh out loud, because I bet you have done the same thing. Really though, it's not funny is it? Life is so much easier when we leave that top step to Jesus, especially in times of challenge. I know I can look back, smack my forehead and like Homer Simpson would say, "Dope!" What was I thinking!?
A quote I recently heard while at church, I will share with you. "There is one God and it is not you (or me)."
How can I, having been booted from my self-imposed 'top step', a number of times, but especially three and a half years ago, stripped ofnearly everything, still have an ounce of pride left? Yet, I too often realize it hasn't escaped me.
2 Chronicles 20:15 says, "...the battle belongs to the Lord!" Pride however won't allow us to hand over the battles 100% of the time, which means, no, we haven't truly made Jesus Lord. This isn't a part time gig. It's full-time, which I believe takes daily reminding. Post a sign somewhere you will see it often, maybe your refridgerator? "Is Jesus Lord?"
Webster defines Lord this way; Man of high rank, A king, Title of nobility, God.
A teacher at a recent service, Mr. Blakeman, spoke of the word 'Understand.' He advised that this means to 'Stand Under, the Word' or to submit to the Lord. John 1:1 reads, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Therefore, to stand under the Word, is to stand under God, making God, or Jesus, Lord.
John 1:2 continues by converting the 'Word' to 'He.' So, the Word is He, meaning Jesus and the Word is God. Therefore Jesus is God is the Word. "He was in the beginning with God."
Sunday evenings we have been studying Romans, specifically chapter 12. I look at this piece of scripture as a measuring stick of whether we truly have made Jesus Lord, or not. Following is a list of characters, behaviors and virtues I have extracted from Romans 12 and Matthew 25.
Self-Sacrificing, humble, act as one with the church, servanthood, one who exhorts (lifts up) others, generosity, merciful, cheerful, genuine, hate evil, cling to good, honor brother/sister, not lazy, patient in tribulation, full of hope, love one another, constant prayer, hospitable, bless those who persecute you, live in harmony with one another, do not be proud, don't think of yourself as wise, don't repay evil for evil, feed the hungry, care for the orphans and widows, visit the sick and imprisoned.
Exodus 20:2 "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt (being spiritually lost), out of the house of slavery (bondage to sin.)
Thomas is a fine example. He knew who Jesus was. He knew who was Lord. "My Lord my God!" (John 20:28) Thomas said to Jesus. However, even he was known for doubting. A person who battled with his faith. We aren't alone in this battle, which is why it is so important to "not neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another..." (Hebrews 10:25) Attending church isn't only about us. It's also about others as well as our Lord.
1 Corinthians discusses 'One body, many members.' Read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and you will hopefully get it. Making Jesus Lord isn't ever about me or you. It's about doing what God has gifted us in. Putting that love, from our Lord, into action. Let's not hoard what the good Lord has given us to share. We are called to be 'imitators of Jesus,' as Paul states in Ephesians 5:1
"Let all know that God made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." (Acts 2:36)
"One Lord, One faith, One baptism, One God, and Father of all." (Ephesians 4:5-6a)
Jesus gave us a new commandment, not to replace the 10 given to Moses by God, but one that is greater yet covers all His commandments. "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind (Top Step). The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37,39)
John 13 Jesus states that people will know we are of Christ if we love them. But without Him, we suffer. "I am the Vine, you are the branches... Apart from Me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)
Let us, together, take just this one day and place Jesus back on the top step of the proverbial stairway of priorities. Tomorrow, we will start fresh, and hopefully one day at a time, we can truly make Jesus Lord in our lives. --God Bless!