How many times have you given a testimony of your faith and stated "Jesus Christ is my Lord"? How many of us Christians say that almost every day, every week? Have you ever thought what it really means for Jesus Christ to be your Lord?
From the Merriam Webster Dictionary, 'lord' is defined as "one having power and authority over others; a ruler by hereditary right or preeminence to whom service and obedience are due".
For someone to be 'lord' of another it would mean having power and authority over the subject. These two people are not equals. There is no middle ground here. One is a master, the other is a servant. One commands, the other obeys. That's what it means to be 'lord'.
Jesus is Lord
But Jesus is more than just 'Lord'. He is not just some lord governing over a country. He is not some lord looking over his subjects or a human lord watching over his estate.
HE is the KING OF KINGS and the LORD OF LORDS. He is the risen Christ, the Lamb of God, the King who reigns. He is the Saviour of the world, the Messiah, the only begotten Son of God. And to Him only has been given a name which is above every name; That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God the Father. (Revelation 19:16, Philippians 2:9-11)
Peter in his sermon at Pentecost very boldly proclaimed that: "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has made the same Jesus, whom you have crucified, both LORD and Christ." (Acts 2:36)
Jesus has been made Lord over all creation. He alone is Lord. You see, it really doesn't matter what you believe, think or say about Jesus. He has already been made Lord over you. He is your Lord whether you deny Him or reject Him or spit at Him. And you will confess that with your mouth one day - soon.
It has nothing to do with you, you don't get to opt out. This is His territory. This is His kingdom. The world is His, with everything in it (that includes you). We are in His space.
Luckily for us, He is meek and lowly of heart; humble and loving and He looks upon us with kindness and ever renewed mercy. His love endures forever.
But this DOES NOT in any way diminish His authority. It does not lower Him to our pathetic level. He is our friend but He is also our Lord; our first born brother but also our King. He is forgiving but He also burns with wrath. We should be free with Him but should also respect and fear Him. We should not only approach Him with affection but also with trembling. He is not only the Lamb of God but He is also the Lion of Judah.
HE. IS. THE. LORD OF LORDS.
Being a Christian basically means receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord. Which, according to the definition above means that "Jesus Christ has power and authority over you - and that you owe Him service and obedience. It is not a favour, it is His right."
Calling yourself a Christian means you only answer to Christ. It means you are subject to Him only. It means your whole life - heart, soul, mind and strength - has been given to Him. It means that He can command you; He can order you around. He is your LORD, and you are His subject.
Isn't this what Paul meant when He said in Galatians 2:20: "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."
Is Jesus Christ YOUR Lord?
What king is there with no subjects? What ruler is there with no one to rule over?
Is Jesus the Christ really Lord in your life is you don't obey Him?
For if a man says, "I know Him" (I am a Christian. I have tasted of the Lord. I have enjoyed His fellowship. I am born again and Jesus is my Lord) and keeps not His commandments, HE IS A LIAR and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4)
Don't you know that to 'know Him' is to obey Him? That to love Christ is to obey Him? Don't you know that His sheep hear His voice and they follow Him? Or have you not read? (1 John 2:3; John 14:15,21; John 10:27)
Which brings us to the bone of the matter:
Luke 6:46Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord' and not do what I tell you?
The conclusion of the matter is actually very simple - but it seems to be very complex for most of us who call ourselves 'Christians'.
It can be summarized in this one word: Obedience.
Jesus has not called us to figure our lives out, but He says 'Trust me, I am your Lord, I will take care of you'. He has not called us to labour and toil in vain, but He says 'Look at the birds of the air...look at the lilies of the field.'
Jesus has called us out of the world to be separated unto Him as a bride awaiting the bridegroom. He has asked us to forsake all and follow Him. He has asked us to love Him above all else - above even our own lives.
And He now holds out His hand unto us, that we may reach out and say "I will follow you, my Lord. I will obey."
Are you willing to give it all up and rest in the arms of your Lord knowing that He has everything under control? Knowing that He will provide? Are you willing to obey your Lord whenever He calls and wherever He sends you?