Many years ago, I was attending a young adult fellowship at my local church. My friend’s brother was sharing his experience as a missionary in Africa. His moving testimony was a powerful witness to the power of the Holy Spirit as he described the persecutions that he and other Christians experienced for their faith. He recounted how his struggles helped him to gain a much deeper appreciation and understanding of his relationship with God.
“I realized that although I accepted Jesus as my Savior, He was not my Lord!”
I was taken aback by his statement. How was this possible? Can someone truly believe in Jesus as Savior and not have Him Lord of their life? As I pondered his statement, the Holy Spirit began to convict me of my own hypocrisy. Yes, I can grow complacent in the security of my salvation and take God’s blessings for granted. If my salvation is secure, I begin to think that any success that comes my way must be from my efforts alone. God is only helping me, I am doing the heavy lifting. I am saved and God will look the other way if I allow little indiscretions slip by. The casual off-color remark, the loose-lipped gossip, the pang of jealousy when another person’s talents are picked over mine-surely allowing Jesus to be Lord of my life does not include these trivial thoughts and actions? How is this possible? I am arrogant. I am prideful. I am a sinner, hopelessly lost in my delusions of grandeur, thinking that I am good enough to earn salvation and therefore deserve God’s blessing.
Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.
Acts 2:36 (ESV)
Jesus Christ must be both Lord and Savior! He is the Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One of God! This is possible because He lived a perfect sinless life and died on the Cross, receiving the punishment for my sins and all of mankind. God resurrected Him and by conquering death, Jesus has shown the better way to live, by accepting Him as Lord and Savior!
All Praise to the Living God!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.