Posted by: missionventureministries | February 1, 2018


Many people believe in Jesus Christ as being the One that came from heaven to save man kind from sin and an eternity in the lake of fire. The problem that many face is that they do not make Him the Lord of their life. 

We need to understand that accepting Christ as our Savior also requires that we recognize Him as the Lord of our life and that our desire is to please Him in everything we do. 

Scripture teaches that behavior is an important test of faith. Obedience is evidence that one’s faith is genuine; because if a person remains unwilling to obey Christ, he provides evidence that his “faith” is in name only: Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4). A person may claim Jesus as Savior and pretend to obey Him for a while, but, if there is no heart change, his true nature will eventually manifest itself. This was the case for Judas Iscariot. 

Can a sinner reject the lordship of Christ yet lay claim to Him as Savior? Can someone pray a “sinner’s prayer” and go about his life as if nothing had happened and still call himself a “Christian”? The answer is “no,” because it is impossible to be a Christian and live in lifelong carnality, enjoying the pleasures of sin, and never seeks to glorify Jesus Christ as Lord. Therefore, it is tragic to give unrepentant sinners false hope; rather we are to declare the whole counsel of God as Jesus told Nicodemus: “You must be born again” (John 3:7). 

The sinner must not only repent of their sin, but needs to yield to Christ’s authority. A sinner who rejects Christ’s authority in his life does not have saving faith, for true faith encompasses a total surrender to God. Thus, the gospel requires more than making an intellectual decision or saying a prayer; the gospel message is a call to discipleship. The sheep will follow their Shepherd in submissive obedience. 

If a person is truly following the Lord, they will obey the Lord’s instructions. A person who is living in willful, unrepentant sin has obviously not chosen to follow Christ, because Christ calls us out of sin and leads us into righteousness. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). 

The object of faith is Jesus Himself, not a promise, a prayer, or a creed. Faith must involve a personal commitment to Christ, and we should no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ who died for us and then rose again (2 Corinthians 5:15). It is more than being convinced of the truth of the gospel; it is a forsaking of this world and a following of the Master. The Lord Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

True faith always produces a changed life and the inner person is transformed by the Holy Spirit: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me(Galatians 2:20), and knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin” (Romans 6:6). 

Those who are surrendered to the lordship of Christ—follow Jesus (John 10:27). They obey God’s commandments (1 John 2:3; John 15:14), do the will of God (Matthew 12:50), abide in God’s Word (John 8:31), keep God’s Word (John 17:6), do good works (Ephesians 2:10), and continue in the faith (Colossians 1:21–23). 

Scripture teaches that Jesus is Lord of all. Christ demands unconditional surrender to His will: Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:7-8). Those who live in rebellion against God’s will, do not have eternal life, because “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6). 

Jesus cautioned when He said: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46). He also severely warned those who claim to obey Him and to do His work of their ultimate fate: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23)

There is coming a day when every person who has ever lived will bow and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. But while in this body and in this world, a true Christian should live moment by moment in faithful submission to the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Those who truly have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior will love Him and will obey Him as their Lord, because those we love we long to please (John 14:15).

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