“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath
raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9
Accepting Jesus as Savior is one thing and accepting Him as Lord is another deal on its own. A Lord has preeminence. Therefore, it is safe to say that declaring Jesus as Lord means surrendering every part of our lives over to His Lordship. From here on out, we desire to know His will and do accordingly.
In order words, we become His subjects. Most believers accept Jesus as Savior but refuse Him as Lord. Salvation and oneness with Christ are not complete until Jesus is declared Lord in your life. People think it is too risky a move to give your entire life, plan, history, and ambition over to Jesus. Well, it is even more, riskier keeping it from Him.
Let me make a citing that you might relate with. Superheroes in fiction are respected and loved for making a life out of saving people. Right. People appreciate a hero or heroine because they’ve benefited from their heroism. But, you’ll agree that not everyone who got saved developed a walking, personal relationship with their hero/heroine (savior).
In the same way, many people come to Jesus, acknowledging His sacrifice and what He’s done for them. Yes, salvation begins. They are even called sons of God and identify with the Body. But you see, to walk this path you’ve decided to tread successfully, you must commit. By commit, I mean surrendering to the Lordship of the One whose Spirit is the Navigator, Guide, Comforter, Helper on this path. Unless we surrender, we can’t be led, and we can’t be called His own unless we are led. And unless we are His own, we are on our own (exposed and vulnerable). Our power is in our surrender.
We need to ask ourselves this: yes, I know I love Jesus and appreciate His sacrifice for me. He is my Savior. But is Jesus the Lord and Master of this life yet? Is my life at the point where He can interrupt and change its courses without any resistance? Am I there yet, or am I just still at the place of recognition of His Saving grace alone? Bluntly, is Jesus my Lord, or am I just on His team only?
Surrendering to Jesus as Lord is not a complicated thing. It just requires your sincere will. Are you willing and ready to let Him have it all?
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BE AFRAID TO DO THIS AND THE BENEFIT OF SURRENDER:
- Your life, I mean, is at its safest with Jesus.
- Who better to entrust your treasure than One who has a reputation as the world’s greatest Insurer?
- Who better entrust your tomorrow and future than One who knows and holds tomorrow in His hands?
- Who better to give your plan than the One who is a Master at building, planning, creating, and producing?
The list goes on, but last on my list is that He is reliable, and above all, He loves you and wants what’s best for you. He is not a tyrant or dictator who wants to boss you around and ruin your plans. No sir. He’s better than that.
Letting Him rule as Lord is a daily decision you must make and pray about. We are His children, but we must learn obedience, shouldn’t we? And learning connotes a process. Yes. So, be patient with yourself and learn. But be willing and surrender. It is safer and better.
Where He rules, His dominion prevails, and He’ll protect. So, if you find the rebellion, fight it and seek to come to full obedience where yours is fulfilled. In your obedience, Jesus is glorified in your life, and you shall eat the good of the land.
Jesus is Savior. He saved, is saving, and will save us.
Jesus is Lord. He rules and reigns in us.
Maranatha (Come, oh Lord). Amen!
James Osayande George lives by the mandate to reveal the liberating truth of God’s word in simplicity and accuracy through a cutting edge teaching ministry.
Having been saved at the young age of thirteen (13) years old through a Divine encounter, he has since dedicated himself to know and serve the Lord with his life.
Best known for his calm voice, James George has ministered in full-time ministry since 2014 within which period he served as one-time resident pastor of Glad Tidings Life Triumphant Church, Kaduna State, Nigeria under his spiritual father and mentor, Pastor Moses Enabulele.
A student of the prestigious Kenneth Hagin’s Rhema Bible Training Center, Nigeria, James George is the author and co-author of numerous published and unpublished manuscripts and poems for blogs and magazines, as well as books including Walking through the Word Devotional (a classic all year round devotional book). Your Journey and God is his first published book. He runs a blog at www.thischariot.wordpress.com
He is the pioneer of G. M. M. Network, a body of believers dedicated to church growth, spiritual development, youth, and women empowerment, as well as outreach to the less privileged. He currently resides in and does his ministry from Lagos State, Nigeria