“The Wisdom of the Lordship of Christ”
1 Pet 3:15
Been talking last few weeks on Wisdom: Keys to Getting Where You Really Want To Be.”
Have looked at Wisdom of a Disciplined Life;
Wisdom in Relationships; and
Wisdom of Clean Living.
Today want to look at the Wisdom of the Lordship of Christ.
There is no greater wisdom than to live life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
With that in mind, let’s be clear on a few things:
If you're a Christian, He is Lord.
We cannot even be saved without that acknowledgement:
In Romans 10: 9 God says, "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is…Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved."
The word LORD is very important.
It’s from a Greek word that speaks of One who is BOSS and Who also is OWNER.
The Christian life is not just a lifestyle one chooses.
It is life under a new DIRECTOR, a new OWNER.
It means that every step we take is directed by the Lord who has the authority by right of ownership to tell us what to do and where to go.
Paul addressed the subject of ownership:
"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Cor. 6:19-20, NJKV).
We are not our own.
Jesus is called Lord no less than 747 times in the New Testament.
In the book of Acts we see that Lordship was at the very heart of gospel preaching in the early church.
92 times Jesus is called Lord, two times called Savior.
So…dominantly He is Lord.
Nowhere in the N.T. do we find the concept of Jesus being Savior and not Lord of someone’s life.
A.W. Tozer writes, "To urge men and women to believe in a divided Christ, that is Savior but not Lord, is bad teaching, for no one can receive half of Christ or a third of Christ or a quarter of Christ..."
Lordship is inseparably linked to the name of Jesus.
Scripture says that the day is fast approaching when every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.
"Therefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE should bow, of those in heaven and those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that EVERY TONGUE should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…”—Phil 2:11
Why does Lordship of Christ matter?
FACT: Christianity won’t work apart from the Lordship of Christ.
The Lordship of Christ is the hub around which the entire wheel of the Christian life rotates.
Once a Christian settles the lordship issue, all other issues in their life are also settled.
UNLESS JESUS IS LORD OF ALL, HE IS NOT LORD AT ALL.
Why does Lordship of Christ matter?
FACT: We move forward in our spiritual growth in direct proportion to our obedience to the Lordship of Christ.
Jesus once asked an important question:
"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not DO the things which I say" (Luke 6:46, NKJV)?
We cannot and do not receive Him as Savior only.
We receive Him as Lord and Savior.
When Jesus is SAVIOR, your hereafter is settled.
When He is also LORD, your “here and now” is settled.
So…what does Jesus as Lord mean in a practical way for you and me?
He is the BOSS in all things.
When Saul (before he was Paul) was knocked to the ground on his way to further persecute the church, the voice of Jesus said to him, “Why are you persecuting Me.”
Acts 9:6 “So he, trembling and astonished, said, “LORD, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?” Then THE LORD said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
In a flash, Saul was no longer his own.
The essence of Lordship came flooding from his stunned lips:
LORD, WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?
He cannot be Lord of a PART — He must be given control of our entire life — the WHOLE LIFE.
What is our WHOLE LIFE comprised of?
The Bible says we are made up of 3 parts:
"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess. 5:23, NJKV).
We all have an INNER, PRIVATE, UNSEEN-TO-THE-NATURAL-EYE part of life.
And we also have an OUTER, VISIBLE, AND PUBLIC life that is observed by those around us.
Jesus desires to be Lord of both the SEEN AND THE UNSEEN,
The VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE,
The PRIVATE and the PUBLIC aspects of our lives.
He wants to be Lord of our SPIRITUAL LIFE and of our PHYSICAL LIFE.
The inward, invisible life is comprised of SPIRIT AND SOUL, and contains the mind, the emotions, and the will.
Solomon wrote in Proverbs: "For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Prov. 23:7, NKJV).
In Proverbs 4:23, he wrote, "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life" (NKJV).
It is in our spirit and soul that we think, feel, choose, decide, dream, and plan.
Battles are fought and won or lost on the battleground of our private life.
Is Jesus Lord over this area of your life?
Your private life is the most important part of all.
In our culture more attention is often given to the outer physical body,
But our spiritual health is determined by the spirit and soul — not the body.
Then there is the outward life…
The outward life is what everyone sees.
The Bible teaches that the outward life behaves according to the contents of the inner life.
The outward life involves our eyes, our ears, our lips, our hands, our feet…our entire body.
This is why Proverbs says:
“Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. 25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.”
What you say, what you see, and where you go are all decided by the inner life.
The most important question of life is:
Is Jesus Lord of your thoughts?
Is Jesus Lord of your emotions?
Is Jesus Lord of your speech,
Of your relationships,
Of your possessions?
Is Jesus Christ Lord of your whole life?
Secondly, the Lordship of Jesus:
Requires all the keys to all the doors of our life
Pastor and author F. B. Meyer shared a personal struggle with a friend who recounts the following story:
"Dr. Meyer has told us that his early Christian life was marred and his ministry paralyzed just because he had KEPT BACK ONE THING from the bunch of keys he had given to the Lord.
EVERY KEY EXCEPT ONE!
The key of one room was kept for personal use, and the Lord was shut out of that particular room in his life.
And, confessed Mr. Meyer, the effect of the incomplete consecration was found in a lack of power, lack of assurance, lack of joy and peace.
He had kept back the key to one room in his life and it brought great defeat.
LISTEN CAREFULLY: The joy of the Lord begins when we hand over the last key.
Remember, if He is not Lord of ALL — of every room — then He is not Lord at all.
ILLUS: Hold up 3 KEYS…
Have you yielded the keys to every room in your life?
Does He have the key to every room in your private life?
Does He have the key to every room in your physical/ public life?
Is there a room marked "PRIVATE — KEEP OUT?"
If so, you must be willing to SURRENDER THAT KEY to the Lord.
There are THREE A'S to Lordship:
Anywhere, Anytime, at Any cost.
Can you honestly say,
Any cost, Lord!"?