Posted by: missionventureministries | May 24, 2018


“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” – Luke 6:46 

It is vital to understand that Jesus Christ came to earth to reconcile us to the Father; He died on the cross to save us from an eternity in hell and to give us the free gift of salvation. It is critical to understand that when accepting Him as our Savior that we also need to make Him the Lord of our live. 

Many say, “Jesus is my Savior, but I haven’t yet made Him the Lord of my life.” Please understand that the only people ready for His return are those who daily seek to bring every area of their life under His Lordship. Obedience, is the mark of a true Christian and if you are not sure examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5), because, those who are ready for Christ’s return seek to follow Him as Lord. 

Paul said, “You are not your own, for you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). 

Lordship teaches that a true profession of faith will be backed up by evidence of faith. If a person is truly following the Lord, then he or she 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 into righteousness. Indeed, the Bible clearly teaches that faith in Christ will result in a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 5:22–23). 

To be ready for Jesus’ coming, we must live in expectation of His imminent return as He states: “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching” (Luke 12:37), and He continues, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Luke 12:40). 

If you’re expecting a guest, especially an important guest, you live differently. Your house will be spotless; all the beds will be made. Your yard will look presentable and you might even have some flowers in the house. You want things to be clean and neat because you are expecting a special guest. 

If you’re expecting the King of kings and Lord of lords, how should your life look? Would you be comfortable if He comes while you are watching an improper TV show, have undesirable magazines on your coffee table?  Jesus says that we should be ready immediately to open the door to Him when He comes and knocks (Luke 12:36). We shouldn’t have to yell, “Just a minute,” while we shut off the TV and hide a bunch of embarrassing stuff in the closet. 

So to be ready for Christ’s return, make sure that He is your Master; be involved in serving Him every day; and, live as if you expect Him to come back at any time. 

You might ask ourselves, am I living for today only, with no regard for the Master’s return and the accountability that He will demand? Are you unwisely putting it out of your mind by thinking, “I’ve got time”? Jesus says that we should be “like men who are waiting for their master when he returns.” We should live each day with the expectancy that one day “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God” (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and that we will be blessed when the Master finds us ready when He comes for us. 

Here are some points to think about: 

  • Repentance is a change of mind from living in sin and rejecting Christ to accepting Him and rejecting sin (Acts 3:19). Genuine repentance, comes when a person submits to the lordship of Christ, resulting in a change of behavior (Acts 26:18–20). 
  • Faith is belief in Jesus Christ, not a promise, a prayer, or a creed (John 3:16). Faith must involve a personal commitment to Christ (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. True faith always produces a changed life (2 Corinthians 5:17). The inner person is transformed by the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:20), and the born again has a new nature (Romans 6:6). 
  • Those who submit to the lordship of Christ follow Jesus, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). They love their brothers (1 John 3:14), obey God’s commandments (1 John 2:3), do the will of God (Matthew 12:50), abide in God’s Word (John 8:31), and keep God’s Word (John 17:6). 

Scripture teaches that Christ demands unconditional surrender to His will (Romans 6:17–18). Those who live in rebellion to God’s will do not have eternal life, for “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6). 

Please understand that those who truly believe in Christ will love Him, and those we love we long to please (John 14:23). If a person remains unwilling to obey Christ, they provide evidence that their “faith” is in name only (1 John 2:4). A person may claim Jesus as Savior and pretend to obey for a while, but, if there is no heart change, his true nature will eventually manifest itself. This was the case for Judas Iscariot. On the other had a genuine believer may stumble and fall, but they will persevere in the faith (1 Corinthians 1:8), and this was the case for Simon Peter. 

Now, a “believer” who completely turns away from the Lord plainly shows that he was never born again to begin with (1 John 2:19), because a sinner who refuses to repent is not saved, for he cannot cling to his sin and the Savior at the same time. And 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 mouthing a prayer; the gospel message is a call to discipleship. The sheep will follow their Shepherd in submissive obedience and make Him the Lord of their life. 

We should not give unrepentant sinners false hope; rather, let us declare the whole counsel of God: “You must be born again” (John 3:7) and warn them that Jesus said: “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” (Matthew 7:21).

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