If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you have probably heard the phrase “making Jesus Lord over your life.” But what does that really mean?
To understand what it means to make Jesus Lord over your life, it’s important to first define the term “lordship.” In ancient times, a lord was someone who had authority and control over a group of people or a region. In the context of Christianity, making Jesus Lord means recognizing that He is the ultimate authority in your life and submitting to His will and direction.
The Problem with Partial Surrender
Many people who call themselves Christians have never truly made Jesus Lord over their lives. Instead, they have made Him a “co-pilot” or a consultant who they consult when they need help or guidance.
However, this type of partial surrender is not enough. Jesus demands complete surrender and submission to His will.
The Cost of Discipleship
In Luke 14:25-33, Jesus explains what it means to be His disciple. He says that anyone who wants to follow Him must be willing to give up everything – family, possessions, even their own life – in order to truly follow Him. This may sound extreme, but it’s because following Jesus requires complete devotion and commitment.
What Making Jesus Lord Looks Like in Practice
So what does it look like to make Jesus Lord over your life? Here are some practical ways:
- Prayer: Regularly communicate with God through prayer.
- Bible study: Study the Bible regularly and apply its teachings to your life.
- Worship: Participate in corporate worship with other believers.
- Fellowship: Connect with other Christians for support and accountability.
- Serving: Use your gifts and talents to serve others and share the Gospel.
The Blessings of Lordship
Making Jesus Lord over your life is not easy, but it is worth it. When you submit to His will and direction, you will experience peace, joy, and purpose that cannot be found anywhere else. Additionally, you will have the assurance of eternal life with Him in heaven.
Making Jesus Lord over your life is not a one-time decision – it is a daily choice to submit to His will and follow Him. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it. When you make Jesus Lord, you open yourself up to a world of blessings and opportunities for growth and transformation.