“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
Years ago, a loved one confronted me about the fact I was treating the Bible like a smorgasbord. I was brand new to God’s Word, and I figured I could pick and choose what I liked, and forget about the rest. I didn’t agree with certain parts of the Bible, I didn’t like those parts, so I figured I could look at the smorgasbord and enjoy what I liked and leave everything else alone. Little did I know what other lesson I needed to learn, and that there is nothing in the universe more important than this one.
Jesus Christ is SAVIOR, He is HEALER, He is REDEEMER, He is KING, He is DELIVERER, He is LIBERATOR, He is so very many things, every single one of them being utterly amazing and awesome and matchless, but Jesus Christ above all else He is LORD. Yes, LORD! And the truth in retrospect is that for some years I treated Jesus Himself like a buffet. I wanted Jesus in my life in the roles I wanted Him in – like healer and liberator – but I did not live my life like He is LORD.
For all who turn from a lifestyle of sin, believe He is Lord and died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, truly committing our lives to God and His ways, we are forgiven, saved from God’s wrath and eternal damnation, and promised an everlasting relationship with God. Yes, He is SAVIOR! But He is also LORD! And we who believe in Jesus as Lord need to live our lives just like He is!
Believing Jesus Christ is Lord isn’t about living self-centered lives of blissful worldly pleasure to satisfy the lusts of our flesh, following the world’s wicked ways and enjoying every last ounce of sin, and then skipping off to heaven because we call Jesus Savior and intellectually believe He is Lord.
Everlasting life is for those who aren’t standing at a smorgasbord when it comes to the Bible and aren’t walking down a buffet line at a delicious restaurant when it comes to Jesus Himself. There is no picking and choosing when it comes to the Lord and His Word. Jesus Christ is LORD and SAVIOR, and for those of us who genuinely believe in Him as Lord, and have entered into an eternal relationship with God almighty through Christ, our lives right down to this very hour and moment should show forth that Jesus is LORD and that we are living our lives accordingly!
Are you? Let’s ask ourselves this question, and let’s make sure the answer is YES! For Jesus Christ is LORD forever, AMEN!