If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame." For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13
My two daughters love each other dearly but are at an age where they like their space. For everyone's sanity, they require a refuge where they can go to decompress, think, and be by themselves. Madison (our oldest) understands this concept, yet Paige (our youngest) struggles with boundaries, personal space, and yearning for people's attention.
One time, to make the boundaries abundantly clear, Madison put a sign up that read "Do Not Enter: Password Required." Paige didn't find this amusing and started pounding on the door. Madison responded, "Do you have the password? It's three simple words."
Unfortunately for Paige, the phrase wasn't "let me in," "open the door," or even "I'm telling mom." Paige eventually got the drift and went to play Barbie's. Being curious, I later asked Madison what the secret code was, and with a grin, she said, "Madison is awesome!"
Saying three simple words would've made a significant difference that day. Regarding their relationship, the barrier that inhibited connection, communication, and communion would no longer exist. The door that divided now swung open. Rather than rejected, the one on the outside welcomed in.
Another phrase possesses the power to transform the most important relationship we have - the one with our Creator. The end of ourselves begins when we have the humility to utter three simple, yet life-changing, words: JESUS IS LORD. Jesus doesn't beat down the door of our heart demanding access. He quietly knocks and waits for us to respond.
Yes, Jesus is our friend. He's our rock in time of troubles. Jesus is our hope, peace and the One who sets us free. He's also our redeemer, forgiver, mediator, and advocate. Jesus is all of those things and so much more.
But, above all else, JESUS IS LORD.
Developing a Kingdom mindset begins when those words are spoken and trusted. It's a proclamation of allegiance, alignment, and submission. The Lordship of Christ means He is the one calling the shots. He must increase while we fade into the background. We die to ourselves so we can live for Him. Offering parts of our heart to Him won't do; He wants the whole thing - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Proclaiming He is Lord changes who we are. We're saved and not just of the standard "where do I go when I die?" variety. We no longer have to spend our days living in futility, disappointment, and frustration. Instead, we have complete access to a full and rich life. We accept the cost of following Christ because in comparison we realize we gain so much more.
Where do you need to make Jesus Lord?
God, above all else, I praise Your holy name. You are worthy of my worship and my obedience. Help me to make You Lord of every part of me. Let me follow Your lead. May I walk in obedience as You graciously guide my steps. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.