What does it mean to have Jesus as your Lord? In an issue of Christianity Today, a particular hot topic was being debated. One side stated that “We are indeed people of the book, but we are also people who bow only before Jesus Christ our Savior.” To which another responded, “All of us believe in the lordship of Jesus Christ. But we believe the only Jesus Christ we can know is the Jesus Christ revealed in Scripture.”
To live our lives with Jesus as our Lord is far more than having a reverent respect for him. It is also to believe what he says and obey what he commands. In Luke 6:46 Jesus asks this rhetorical question, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Shortly before he was crucified he told his apostles that when the Holy Spirit was sent “He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26). How do we know anything of Jesus and his will for our lives? By going to the words of his apostles. Paul wrote, “If anyone thinks he is a prophet or spiritual, let him recognize that the things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment.” (1 Corinthians 14:37).
Is Jesus our Lord? Is he really? Do we sometimes do what we want and then claim that he “led” us to do it? Who is really “lord” then? At the conclusion of his Sermon on the Mount he said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21). If we are to claim Jesus as our Lord we must embrace the Bible as our guide and allow it to direct our belief and behavior. It’s not a matter of bowing to and worshipping the Bible as some derisively portray it. But it is acknowledging that through the Bible, Jesus tells us what to do. And if he is our Lord, we do what he says.