The central theme of the New Testament is this: Jesus is the Lord. That word “lord” comes from the Greek word kyrios and literally means “Owner.”
I believe the question every Follower of Christ should ask themselves is this: “Is Jesus the Owner of my life?”
Does He own your health? Your relationships? Your finances? Your addictions and habits? Your attitudes? Your past? Your future? Your career? Your business?
These are questions only you and He know the REAL answer to. Though surrendering your own lordship – your ownership – of these things may take time and may even seem difficult because you've held the reigns for so long. It's imperative, critical to your own existence as an overcomer and a successful Follower of Jesus, that you begin the process of relinquishing control immediately.
The apostle Paul referred to himself as a “bondservant of Jesus Christ.” A bondservant was a slave who served his master for six years and, in the seventh year, was set free. If that slave CHOSE to continue serving the master out of love for him, the master would literally drive a nail through the slave's ear lobe into the door of his home. The hole would then be covered with an ear ring (Deut 15:12-18).
So, why DO you call Him 'Lord'? In Luke 6:46, Jesus asked His Followers that same question. In context, what He actually said was, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
Has Jesus, by His Holy Spirit, directed you to do – or stop doing – anything?
Stop drinking or smoking.
Stop looking at porn.
Start attending church gatherings.
Start giving your finances (so He can bless you with more).
Stop hanging out with so 'n so.
Stop trusting in man, the government, doctors, anything but God's grace.
Has He led you be baptized?
Has He told you to dedicate your children to Him?
Has He been leading you to do anything you simply have not made the effort or took the time to do? Trust me, He’s NOT trying to spoil your fun and has NOTHING but your best interests at heart!
Have you REALLY made Him your Lord? Have you asked Him lately what He desires to do through you, a willing vessel?
Here's a short prayer you might consider saying right now:
“Father, I realize I can do all things through Christ, but what do YOU want to do with the life YOU have blessed me with? Here I am... send me!”
Founder, The Church @ Work (TCAW)