He is Lord!
In 1963, Leslie Gore recorded a song titled “You Don’t Own Me”. It was the number 2 song on the charts for three consecutive weeks, and Gore’s second most successful hit. In this song she tells a boyfriend, “don’t tell me what to do, don’t tell me what to say”, then ends the song with “I’m young and I love to be young, I’m free and I love to be be free, to live my life the way I want, to say and do whatever I please.” Although this is merely a song about not letting a boy control her life, the attitude here has come to reflect our society as a whole when it comes to personal autonomy in every area of life.
We are living in a society where personal autonomy is King. More and more the personal will and the individual mandate is lauded as the highest right for every living person. In other words, people are saying, “Don’t tell me what to do, I am my own boss. I want to live my life the way I want, and do whatever I please. I am my own ruler. I am my own King/Queen.” Personal autonomy has become an individual monarchy where every person has built their own kingdom. But, what this really means is that we are living amongst a mass of insurrectionists, because there is only One King and there is only One Lord!
This is nothing new. Paul tells us in Colossians that we were “hostile in mind” towards God. Paul also says the Romans, “did not see fit to acknowledge God”. They wanted to do as they pleased without any authority over their life. Even now, this is the world we live in. But, this is the very thing that Christ has come to save us from. What people don’t realize, is that a life outside of the lordship of Christ is incarceration, not freedom. When we place ourselves on the throne unrightfully instead of allowing Him to take His rightful place, our lives are out of order, wrecked, and will never find peace. Therefore, we must come to that point where we recognize who He is. We must come to that point to acknowledge His Lordship in all things. Submission to Christ as Lord is what gives us true freedom. As a matter of fact, this is the very essence of what it means to be saved. One of the most important verses that demonstrates coming to Christ, Paul declares “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
Confession literally means, to say the same thing, or to agree with some person with reference to something. Therefore, to confess Jesus as Lord is to agree with all of what Scripture has said about Jesus. The confession that Jesus is Lord is not merely empty words that flow from a person’s mouth. A confession of this sort “stems from a profound inward conviction.” (Robert Mounce) To confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord is to recognize who Jesus is as the sovereign power and authority, and submit your life completely to Him. The amazing display of this idea of Jesus as Lord in the New Testament is monumental. “Lord is (from the greek word) kurios, which signifies sovereign power and authority. In the book of Acts, Jesus is twice referred to as Savior but ninety-two times as Lord. In the entire New Testament, he is referred to some ten times as Savior and some seven hundred times as Lord. When the two titles are mentioned together, Lord always precedes Savior.” (John MacArthur commentary) The point is that Jesus is the sovereign all powerful Lord who reigns supreme! And because of this, His rightful place in all our lives is to be in the place of preeminence! If our confession is in agreement with who Christ says that He is, then our actions will naturally follow that confession. To have a life that does not match this confession means that the confession itself is likely inauthentic.
It is when we come to the point of Salvation by confessing Him Lord that we experience a changed life with Him as Lord over all our life. Because of who He is, we do not have the authority to tell Him what we will do with our life. Rather, knowing that He is Lord means that our life becomes a blank check in which we hand over to Christ. A.W. Tozer made this point when he said, “My brethren, we are not allowed to come to Jesus as shrewd, clever operators saying, “We will take this and this, but we won’t take that!” We do not come to Him as one who, buying furniture for his house declares: “I will take this table but I don’t want that chair” — dividing it up! No, sir! It is either all of Christ or none of Christ! I believe we need to preach again a whole Christ to the world — a Christ who does not need our apologies, a Christ who will not be divided, a Christ who will either be Lord of all or who will not be Lord at all!”
What we must do as followers of Christ, is to have an authentic confession that proclaims He is Lord. As Tozer says, “Christ will either be Lord of all or will not be Lord at all”! We must never allow ourselves to fall into the trap of thinking that Christ is here to do our bidding. We must never allow ourselves to slip into a mentality that He is here to serve us. He is Lord! He is sovereign! He is the One who deserves all worship, majesty and glory! Life was given to us so that we might follow the King and obey His words! It us up to us, who have made this magnificent confession, to live in a way that proves not only that He is Lord, but that He is my Lord!