Lord as Well as Savior

  • John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands…”
  • 2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
  • Acts 20:22-24 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Jesus holds many titles. Two of them are Savior and Lord. If you are born again, Jesus holds the title of Savior. The question is does He also hold the title of Lord of your life? Is His Word what you live by? Does His Word direct your decisions, your relationships, what you do for a living, where you serve, etc.? Jesus must be Lord of your life not only when it’s convenient and when you agree but all the time. It’s one thing to accept His kind gift of salvation but are you willing to submit to Him and obey His commands as identified in the Word?

In Acts 10, Peter was directed to go to Cornelius’ house (a non-Jew). It went against everything he believed and had been taught but because God had directed him, he went. We must follow God’s direction, His Word and His still small voice.

How to make Jesus Lord:
  1. Humble yourself and surrender your life completely to God. As the Word says, deny yourself and follow Him (Luke 9:23, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34). Submit to the plans He has for your life. For example, if He leads you to join a certain ministry at church, obey Him.
  2. Spend time praising Him and worshiping Him to get closer to Him. As You do, it will be easier to really acknowledge Him and serve Him as Lord of your life.
  3. Read the Word daily and get to know God’s Word. Obey what the Word says to do regardless of whether you feel like it or not. Serving Jesus as Lord means that you’ll act on what He says.
  4. You’ll need to be attentive to His still small voice and to obey His directions. The Holy Spirit who lives inside every born-again believer is seeking to lead you. If you’re the master of your life you’ll be deciding what you want to do and it will be difficult for you to hear the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  5. When you know something would not please the Father, don’t do it.

Call to action:
Take a few minutes to assess how much Jesus is really Lord of your life, how much you involve Him and His Word when making plans or decisions. Choose today to give Him Lordship because He deserves it and it will make your life so much better.