Thursday, July 3, 2008

What Do You Call Him

How many of my readers call Jesus their Savior? How many of you call Him Lord? You see so many Christians today know Jesus as their Savior, but they have yet to call Him Lord. There is a big difference you know. Just knowing Jesus as your Savior, and knowing that He died on the cross for your sins is one thing, but to actually make Him Lord of your life is another thing.

There are Christians who go to church on Sundays and praise God and worship with other Christians, go to their favorite restaurants afterwards with the preacher and other congregation members and then the rest of the week never open their bibles, never say a prayer, watch all those TV programs that have no place in a Christian's home, and you never see Christ in them at the office or work place. Why is this? It is because they know Him as Savior, but do not give Him the place of Lord in their lives.

To give Jesus the place of Lord in your lives means you have to give up some things. You have to throw down your life and follow Him. In other words, you have to make Him the priority in your life. Not the TV, not the fishing, hunting, golfing or other sports you like to participate in. No He has to be first in every aspect of your life. In other words when you start your day, do you start it off with praising Him, and getting into His word to give you a direction to follow that day or do you sleep to the last minute and then rush around all irritated because you are running late and scream and holler at people driving down the road to get out of your way? When you go to lunch do you ask Him in prayer to just help you through the rest of the day to make the right decisions and to let His light shine through you for others to see or do you just hang out and join in with others you work with and not even give Him a thought? When you are driving home from work, do you put in a Christian CD to help you get your praise on, or do you put on secular music? When you get ready to end your day, do you get into His word and study what His plan is for your life, and then get quiet and just listen to Him, or do you watch TV until you fall asleep?

Christians, it is time we stop just letting Jesus be our Savior and start letting Him be our Lord also. When we just accept Him as our Savior and not make Him Lord over our lives, then it is like we are taking advantage of the gift He gave us. It is like using someone just for what you can get out of them. He did not die on that cross just to save us from our sins, He died on that cross so that we could have eternal life with Him and the Father one day. How will you fit into that family atmosphere when you get there? Will you feel comfortable being around all that praise and worship everyday, or will you have to adjust your lifestyle because you are only a one day a week worshiper?
I think this is a question all of us need to ask ourselves. AMEN!

Mark 10 v 17-22....Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, "Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?" So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments. Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and your mother." And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth." Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, take up the cross, and follow Me." But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions........

You see like the rich young ruler, who was a good person, who kept all God's laws, but yet he did not want to give up his lifestyle to follow and do the works of Jesus, we all have our great possessions that we do not want to let go of. For some it may be money, for some it may be a favorite TV program, others it may be sports, or friends that they do not want to quit hanging out with, for some it may be wanting that last minute of sleep.

We need to all take a good look at our lives and see what is keeping us from calling Jesus LORD, and letting Him be the object of our worship instead of our possessions taking our time away from Him. AMEN!

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