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Jesus Christ is both Savior and Lord, right? As believers, we all would agree.
Scripture states very plainly in I John 4:14 that Jesus is the Savior of the world: “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.”
There it is in black and white. No question about it. He is Savior.
Then in Romans 10:9, Scripture declares that our salvation is secured by our confession that Jesus is Lord: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
I bring this up because all week long I’ve been contemplating this thought. I’m afraid that Christians today — myself included — are thrilled to have Jesus as Savior, but we aren’t really gung-ho on the “Lord” part.
What do I mean? Well, it seems to me that people — again, I’m in here, too — are glad to know that Christ came to die for our sins and rose again so we could have eternal security. Yet, when it comes to the ins and outs of everyday living — daily decisions affecting where we go, how we act, what we say — Christ’s influence and what His Word says doesn’t really make a big difference. In other words, we don’t recognize Him as Who He truly is in our lives — Lord.
I have always believed that Christ being “Lord” meant that He was in control of every element of my life. He, therefore, has the authority to tell me what to do, what to say, how to act, etc. In other words, what He says in His Word goes. Period. But just to make sure I was thinking of the term “Lord” in the correct manner, I looked up what Dictionary.com had to say. I was pleasantly surprised.
“Lord,” according to that site’s first definition, means “a person who has authority, control or power over others; a master, chief or ruler.”
The thing that really got me, though, was the eighth and ninth definitions. I was stoked.
According to Dictionary.com, when you capitalize the first letter of Lord, its meaning is elevated to: “the Supreme Being; God; Jehovah; the Savior, Jesus Christ.”
See! Even Dictionary.com gets it! Jesus is Lord as well as Savior.
So, my question for you and I: Is He really? In my life, in your life, is Jesus Christ really our Lord and Savior? Do we listen to His Spirit and obey, or do we follow our leadings in our decisions and actions? Do we acknowledge that He is “in charge” of us, or do we secretly believe that we are in control of our own destinies?
Since this is such a personal issue, I’ll leave the answer to those questions up to you and me. It would do us all good, though, to take a few minutes and think about His Lordship in our lives — and whether or not it really exists.
If it does, awesome! If not, then you need to go to the Authority and tell Him that you believe He is Who He said He is — that’s a mouthful — and that you honestly and truly confess Him as Lord.
I’ll end with an old song that was written by someone sincerely gung-ho about the Lord part, Marvin Frey.
Sing along as I type: “He is Lord. He is Lord. He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow. Every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and firstname.lastname@example.org.