The Lordship of Christ (Who is in Control?)
“that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10 NASB
When a person comes to realize they are a sinner (they have sinned against God’s law) and they realize they are in need of a Savior to satisfy their sin debt and that Savior is Jesus Christ, the son of the true and living God, they are to call out to Jesus to save them from the judgement and wrath to come, for Jesus is the only one who satisfied God the Fathers requirement. Two things happen in the verses above: righteousness and salvation.
When a person yields to the lordship of Jesus Christ, he or she acknowledges His ownership and gives up his or her personal rights. Yielding to the lordship of Jesus Christ also involves total and unreserved obedience. If He is the Lord of your life, you are going to do what He tells you to do. – Dr. Roger D. Willmore
Our lives are to be changed to follow Jesus and His way of life for us. We are to yield our ways to His way. Why? Because we belong to Him!
I was going through some of my papers and came across these principles on Lordship. I didn’t write them and I have forgotten who originated them (I’m thinking it was Donald S. Whitney), but they are good things for us to think on and to see if we are submitting to His Lordship.
SIX PRINCIPLES OF LORDSHIP
1. wILL THIS ACTION EDIFY ME?
1 Cor. 6:12a “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful.” NKJV
2. does this action enslave me?
1 Cor. 6:12b “All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” NKJV
3. will this action exalt christ?
1 Cor. 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” NKJV
4. will this action encourage others?
1 Cor. 8:12-13 “12 But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never again eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.” NKJV
5. will this action evangelize sinners?
1 Cor. 9:19-22 “19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak, I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” NKJV
6. will this action emulate the Savior?
1 Cor. 11:1 “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”
For a true believer, our lifestyle is NOT just whatever we want to do, but we are to follow the instructions we are giving in the Bible. We are to pray and seek the Lord’s way for our life. Please ponder these six questions and corresponding verse as you seek God’s blessings on your life.