As we gain an understanding of how God understands and applies covenant in our lives we then must grapple with what may be one of the most difficult and yet essential parts of our faith as western Christians, the Lordship of Jesus.
As we look to our future my heart is to provide for us information concerning our spiritual foundations so that we can build on a healthy and strong foundation. A building, structure, or organization that does not have a strong and healthy foundation has very little chance of standing the test of time. We can't have a strong or healthy foundation if we are not aware of what our foundations are, and how they apply to each of our lives. As you read, prayerfully consider these foundations. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to your heart so that you can receive into your life these biblical foundations of truth.
Foundations Material - The Lordship of Jesus - Pastor Gerald Martin
One might ask, but don’t we have to do something? Yes, we have a very important part to play. But it’s not what you might expect. Actually it is so simple that many professed Christians miss it.Yet it is so profound that when it grabs hold of you it will revolutionize your life. It has to do with acknowledging Jesus as Lord.
Believing in Jesus is not just giving mental assent to the fact that He lived, died and rose again. Believing in Jesus involves yielding one’s live to Him in complete surrender and giving Him permission to take control and do whatever he wants. It can be summed up in a little song that goes like this, “I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord, I’ll do what you want me to do, I’ll say what you want me to say, dear Lord, I’ll be what you want me to me.”
Understanding this takes a lot of the pressure off of living the Christian life. For many professed Christians living for Jesus means doing and being what you don’t want to do and be. It becomes a constant battle trying to live like a Christian experiencing one defeat after another. Trying to be a good Christian is working from the outside in. It doesn’t work any better than it did for the people under the Old Covenant. Yielding our lives to God and allowing Him to change us from the inside out makes all the difference in the world.
This is an important concept if you are going to understand Cornerstone. We don’t preach a legalistic external kind of religion. Our emphasis is not on being good Christians but rather on entering into a personal relationship with Jesus. We don’t have a list of rules and regulations that people have to measure up to in order to become members. We don’t pressure people to conform to some external standard. Does this mean there are no standards? No, not at all. The Bible is the standard.
On the Day of Pentecost when Peter declared that God had made Jesus both Lord and Christ he was taking a very bold stand. Everyone knew that Caesar, the emperor, was Lord. It would not have been quite so bad had he simply called Jesus a lord among others but to declare him both Lord and Christ set Him above all others. And to make such a claim ran the risk of being charged with treason.
The New Covenant establishes Christ as the supreme authority above all other authorities. To acknowledge Him as such means to yield completely to Him allowing Him to take complete control of one’s life. It is more than simply repeating the words “Jesus Is Lord.” It is a life response. It is living in submission to the will of the Father.
However, making the initial decision doesn’t automatically bring you into line with His will. While one’s eternal destiny is determined by that initial decision to follow Jesus, living out that decision is a life long process. There are actually three aspects to our salvation, past, present and future. When we receive Christ as Lord we are saved and our eternal destiny is set. While our life continues on this earth we continue to be saved from destructive patterns of life as we are transformed into the image of Christ. When Jesus returns we will be completely saved from all sin.
As Lord, Jesus is at the heart of our church. Our loyalty to Him comes before every other loyalty whether it is to, government, denomination, doctrine, opinions or anything else. It is important that we understand this. Otherwise one may have difficulty understanding how we can have people in our church from so many different backgrounds and different doctrinal understandings and yet function in unity.
As you can see applying the Lordship of Jesus in our lives is much more than just a one time mental decision or an emotional experience. It is a life changing every day occurrence where everything in my life is now run through the filter of Jesus being my Lord. When we enter into a relationship with Jesus that allows Him Lordship over every area of our lives we simply cannot help but be changed. When we as a church enter into a relationship with Jesus that allows Him Lordship over every area of the church we simply again cannot help but be changed. I pray today that if you have not entered into a relationship with Jesus that has placed Him as Lord of your life that you would do that today. Simply stop right now and invite Jesus to become Lord of your life, and then take the first steps of obedience so that your life lines up with His Lordship. I also pray that we as a church would become more aware of our need as a church to make Jesus Lord of the church so that He will be glorified in all we do.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,
20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”