Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 AMP)
There’s something very interesting that I want you to notice here. Draw your attention to the words “…if you acknowledge and confess that Jesus is Lord…” The life of a Christian begins with confessing that Jesus is the Lord of their life, but unfortunately many do not live a life that is consistent with that confession after they become born again. Does this mean that their salvation is not genuine? Not at all. Many simply haven’t been counseled in the proper direction to enjoy the full benefits of salvation.
There is a difference between confessing the lordship of Jesus and submitting to the lordship of Jesus. Confession is great, but it only scratches the surface of the miraculous life that we’ve been brought into. The word “lord” means one having power and authority over others, ruler by hereditary right or preeminence to whom service and obedience are due, or one that has achieved mastery or that exercises leadership or great power in some area. Keeping that definition in mind, think about the times you or someone you know has said “I love the Lord”. What does that truly mean? We can get the proper idea from the scriptures. In John 14:15 Jesus tells his disciples, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Our obedience to His Word is the proof that He is the Lord of our lives and that we love Him.
Many Christians decide (whether it be by ignorance or rebellion) that they’re only going to acknowledge the parts of God’s Word that they like and ignore everything else. No only is this wrong but very dangerous. When you declare that Jesus is Lord, you are declaring His authority over all aspects of your life. The apostle Paul, while encouraging the Philippian church drove this point home as he told them, “And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).” (Philippians 2:8-12 AMP).
Search your heart today and find those areas of your life that you have not let Jesus, who is the Living Word (John 1:14), rule as Lord. Whether it be in your relationships, finances, communication, thoughts, or attitude, find out what the word says concerning that area of your life and make the necessary changes. As you do, you will discover that your life will be a beautiful testimony: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalms 1:1-3 KJV)
God bless you 🙂