MAKE JESUS ‘LORD’ OF YOUR LIFE
There are two parts to being a Christian.
First, you must accept Jesus as your Savior.
Second, and much more difficult, you must make Jesus your Lord—‘the undisputed boss’!
There is just enough ego in each of us to want to be in control, and that part of us must be crucified daily. Crucifixion is one of the most painful deaths you can experience because you die slowly and excruciatingly. As long as your ego has breath left in it, it will rise up and fight for control.
When you make Jesus Lord of your life, you give up control in three areas:
1) Jesus, not you, decides where you will go.
2) Jesus, not you, decides the price you’ll have to pay.
3) Jesus, not you, decides the person you’ll become.
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it’ (Matthew 13:45-46 NKJV).
Note the words ‘all that he had’. If you want to know the cost of making Jesus Lord of your life, it will cost you all you have. This man valued the pearl so highly that he considered it worth any price he had to pay.
So here’s the question:
What value do you place on your relationship with Christ?
This man believed that the return would be greater than the investment.
Do you believe that?
Salvation is free, but making Jesus Lord of your life demands that you surrender your all to Him.
Are you ready for that?
Are you willing?
‘…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus…’ Romans 10:9 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
1 Peter 1:3; 2:4-5, 9, 24-25
He has caused us to be born again to a living hope!
As you come to Jesus, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen & precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light!
He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin & live to righteousness.
By His wounds you have been healed.
For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the shepherd & overseer of your souls!
You are called to offer spiritual sacrifices today!