Jesus Is Lord

Stan Mast

READ : Romans 10:5-13

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. (v. 9 NIV)

“Jesus is Lord.” With those three words, the early church changed the world. They were convinced that no one could say them except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3) and that all who said them from the heart would be saved (Rom. 10:9). But as the church was being formed, Jesus uttered a strong warning about merely mouthing those three words. In a world full of false teachers and fair-weather believers, what is the proof that we really know Christ?

In Matthew 6-7 Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms what doesn’t prove it—being religious. Preaching great sermons or casting out demons or doing miracles in Jesus name is no proof that Jesus is really Lord of your life. You can be a successful spiritual leader who preaches Christ-centered sermons, but that’s no proof that you know Christ in a saving way.

In fact, on the day of judgment, Jesus will say to many religious people, “Away from me, you evildoers!” Jesus calls such religious people “evildoers,” not because they have done spectacular spiritual things, but because they have not done the simple thing. “Only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” will enter the kingdom (Matt. 7:21-23 NIV).

That’s the proof that you really know Christ—not just working for Jesus, but actually being under Jesus; not just calling him Lord, but actually obeying him as Lord.

PRAYER

Jesus, help me to show by simple obedience that you are my Lord. Amen.