Updated: Aug 18, 2019
"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." (Romans 10:9)
It was a hot summer day like any other in that summer of 1988, except for an interruption to my normal morning routine. Three mornings in a row I woke up to a blaring alarm clock radio set to a Christian station. I had not set my radio to that station and the first two mornings I did not listen, changing the radio dial back to my normal secular station. Confused about the radio station switch, I just dismissed it. But there was something drawing me still.
Finally on the third morning, I decided to listen to the sermon and in that moment, the Holy Spirit quickened my heart and mind with the understanding that I was a sinner and needed to be saved. Up to that point in my life I had viewed Jesus as the Son of God but I had not understood what it meant for Him to be LORD. It meant that I no longer lived for self, but lived for One. It meant that I recognized I was no longer the boss over my life, but surrendered the authority I thought I had to the One Who died for the sins of the world. It meant my life was about to change. And boy did it! On that day I bowed my knee and professed Jesus Christ as LORD over my life.
On Sunday, our new Pastor, John Hemming presented us with the reality of Jesus Christ as LORD. Just like that sermon I heard 31 years ago, there was an opportunity for us to recognize our need of Jesus Christ as LORD. His salvation is not something we achieve, but something we receive. A free gift. Undeserved. And whether or not we receive it, Christ is LORD still.
What a sweet promise Romans 10:9 has for us. When we recognize the lordship of Jesus Christ over our lives, it is more than words. It is an understanding of the divinity of Christ and His authority over all. And it is our salvation for all eternity.
How about you? Christ is LORD over all, and every knee will bow, but have you recognized your need of His salvation? When we live our lives with Christ as LORD we will never be the same.