Christians have the responsibility of obeying Jesus. I know this seems like a basic truth, but I think it is one we often forget. One reason for this is because we talk about Jesus being our friend and our Savior, and some where along the line we skip over the reality that he is also our lord.
In our freedom loving country with our “freely” elected government we have a cultural obstacle when it comes to being under the rule of 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. This means the lord decides 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 live in the “land of the free.” Yet, Christ claims that he has authority over our lives. He expects us to obey Him, not because he is some cosmic tryant, but because he loves us. It is through our obedience that he is able 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 dictate how we are to live. Being our Creator Jesus also knows what is best for us. A third reason Jesus has authority over us because he died for us. Jesus gave up Heaven and came to earth to die a cruel cross because he desired a better type of life for us. A life free from sin and death. In short Jesus has authority over our lives because of his creative work and 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 believe will make us happy. Our lives should be lived for the purpose of pleasing Jesus.
This is how we please Jesus: By loving God and by loving people. We love God through our faith in Jesus, our praise and worship, and through our surrender to his will. We love people by praying for them, by serving those in need, by offering a compassionate ear to listen to their problems, by being generous with the blessings God has given us, and by telling people the truth of Gospel.
Here is the point for today’s pondering: Our lives belong to Jesus! This is true not only because he created us, but also because through his death he rescued us from Satan, sin, and death.
Therefore we will only discover true life when we surrender our lives to him. Now is the time to give Christ Jesus our hearts, our minds, our souls, and our strength. After all we are just returning those things to their original owner.
Questions to Consider:
- Do you have trouble remembering that Jesus is more than your savior and friend?
- Why do you think people have trouble surrendering their lives to Jesus?
- How do you love God? How do you love people?