THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST
Many people acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Savior, and even “call” Him their Lord. But not all people who call Him Savior subordinate themselves to Him as their “Lord”. The evidence is- especially in the American organization of the church- overwhelming and found among its members in false teaching, lavishness, selfishness, self-indulgence, and greed, broken families, and in financial and moral bankruptcy.
Allowing Christ to be Lord of your life means following Him in all areas of daily life. Often this bothers people because the very first thing they think about is what they might have to “give up” to follow Him.
A life of Christ-lordship is made evident by a life of self-denial, something sorely lacking, especially in 21st century American Christianity. In reality, if most of us look back throughout our lives, many of the situations we found ourselves were the natural outcome of decisions made in self-interest and / or self-indulgence due to ignorance of and unwillingness to heed to the lordship of Jesus Christ. Had we followed Him rather than our own understanding, our circumstances may have produced less “pain” and a better quality of life both emotionally and spiritually, and perhaps even physically. Placing Christ at the center of our lives makes life richer and more meaningful.
1. Summarize the comments of Col. 1:13 20. List those things that give important information about Jesus Christ.
Because of this, what place should Christ hold in the believer’s life?
2. Examine Philippians 2:9 11. How has God exalted Jesus?
3. How will every person exalt Him?
4. How do the angels acknowledge Christ’s Lordship in Rev. 5:11,12?
5. What title does Christ have as He returns to earth in Rev. 19:16?
6. Write your own definition of the word “Lord” as you feel it applies to Jesus Christ.
7. Read 1 Cor. 6:19, 20. How did you become God’s possession?
8. Therefore, what should you do?
9. What are we commanded to do in Romans 12:1?
a. Why should we do this?
10. What are we commanded not to do in Romans 12:2?
11. According to 2 Cor. 5:15, why did Christ die?
12. In your own words, describe Paul’s attitude toward life as reflected in his words in Philippians 3:8.
People have different reasons or “fears” that prevent them from allowing Christ to be Lord of their lives; below are a few…
a. Jesus really doesn’t understand my problems.
b. He may want me to do something that makes me “stand out”.
c. He may want me to start a career I really don’t want
d. He may prevent me from following some of the plans I have for my life.
e. He may want me to live in poverty
f. He will take away my enjoyment of possessions, hobbies or friends
g. Another fear I have is ____________________________________ .
13. Read Eph. 2:1 10 & 1 Thess. 4:13 18. Considering what Jesus has done for us, and considering what is anticipated for us
(A) Who knows perfectly what is best for my life?
(B) Who is most able to do what is best for my life?
(C) Who desires at all times what is truly best for my life?
Take a few moments to evaluate your practice of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the areas shown by the diagram below. One of the areas is blank, so you can put your own label on anything that needs to be brought under His Lordship. Then being honest with ourselves involves the self-examination of ourselves by asking questions like those below the diagram.
o “Is Christ really at the center of my life or are my goals and ambitions more important?”
o “In which of these areas is clearly lacking evidence of Christ-like acts of self-denial?”
o “Is Christ truly Lord- i.e. in control- over my life?”
o “Am I willing to do whatever Christ desires in these areas of my life?”
o “Will I be able to thank God for whatever may happen in this area?”
Often, it is painful to be honest with God. Even more painful can be the decision and the action taken to surrender and obey. Hebrews 5:1 says this: “…though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered…”.
When we admit to the Lord that we have acted independent of Him and open our heart to His healing and His work in helping us with any problem areas, Christ becomes the power by which we overcome past difficulties; and also provides the strength to endure and overcome whatever difficulties lay ahead in the path of our obedience. In addition He fills us with His peace, knowing that we’ve finally dealt with these things in a way that honors Him. We may continue to have problems in these areas but as long as we are committed to honoring Him and honoring His word in these situations, He will glorify Himself in our lives.
We should not be concerned about what we would to do for the Lord “…if we only had more money, time, education or talent.” Instead, we must decide what we will do with the things we have now. What really matters is not who or what we are, but whether Christ is first in every area.
14. What did Peter say you can do? (1 Peter 5:6,7)
15. In Luke 9:23, what three things is the person to do, who decides to follow Christ?
16. What does Col. 3:23 24 say about the Lordship of Christ even in the daily “grind”?
Remember these points:
(1) Jesus Christ is declared to be Lord in the Scriptures. He is worthy to be Lord because of who He is and what He has done.
(2) Because Jesus Christ is Lord, the Christian’s responsibility is to acknowledge His authority every day in all areas of life.