Posted: April 5, 2016 in Basic Training


Imagine someone gives you $100 (thank you very much!). As you enjoy your day strolling down Main Street you may choose to spend your money in all kinds of ways. The various stores and restaurants offer a myriad of opportunities for you to spend your new found wealth. Since it’s your money, how you choose spend or not spend your money is of no consequence to anybody but you!

Now imagine your friend (let’s call him Sam) gives you $100 with express instructions to give it to another one of your friends (we’ll call her Beth) later that day. This time when you stroll down Main Street the way you think about that money in your pocket will be totally different. Even though the stuff in the store windows may look just as enticing, you’re not likely to spend any of the money in your possession for the simple reason that it does not belong to you!

This in essence is what it means when I allow Jesus to become Lord of my life. I relinquish my right to use my life for my own will and purposes. My hands, feet, time, resources are no longer mine to spend as I choose. They now belong to Him.

“The question in salvation is not whether Jesus is Lord, but whether we are submissive to His lordship.”

John MacArthur

Acts 2:36Jesus is Lord. What this means is that Jesus has been given the position of authority to rule all things in heaven and earth. When I make Jesus my Lord I am giving Jesus jurisdiction to exercise this authority in my real-life experience.

Ephesians 1:20-23, Ephesians 1:3In heaven, Jesus reigns both positionally and practically. On earth, there is still a battle for rulership, not positionally, but practically in my real life experience. That’s why it says, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As people created with free will, God will not impose His rule on our lives without us inviting Him to do so.

Colossians 1:15-18 – In this passage we see that God’s express purpose for all creation is that in everything Jesus would have supremacy. It is God’s will that all creation would submit to His rule and authority.

We can know with absolute assurance that we are in the center of God’s will when we make Jesus Lord of our lives. The $100 representing our life is no longer ours to spend as we choose. It all belongs to Him!

Live inside the circle. Be transformed!

Sample questions:

  1. What does it mean to make Jesus Lord of your life?
  1. What are some areas of your life that need to be surrendered to Christ?
  1. What is the difference between Jesus’ positional rule and His practical rule?
  1. How do we know what God’s will is for our lives?

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