Is Jesus the Lord of Your Life?
This morning I want to address the question of what it means for Jesus to be the Lord of our lives.
9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
The word Lord means to govern over or to rule over. By confessing with our mouths that Jesus is Lord means that we will follow His every teaching and allow Him total control over our lives. Many times we concentrate on Jesus being our Savior and neglect Jesus has our Lord. Once we accept Christ as our Savior, it doesn’t stop there. We are also commanded to accept Christ as our Lord or ruler. This is where many Christians are falling short today. We “talk the talk”, but we don’t “walk the walk”. God had blessed our founding fathers with a new nation that acknowledged God as the supreme ruler.
What has happened to the Nation that God had blessed us with? We as Christians have let ourselves become complacent in our walk with Christ. We no longer put Him first in our lives. We have allowed sin not only to come into our lives, but also into our churches.
Growing up in North Carolina in the 50’s and early 60’s, life was a lot simpler than it is today. We didn’t have the luxuries that we have today, but we did have joy, peace and our right to practice our Christianity. If you needed something from the store, you had better get it on Saturday, because all stores were closed on Sundays. This was a state law respecting the authority of God not to work on the Sabbath. Attending elementary school, we said the Pledge of Allegiance (including the words “under God”) each morning and then a teacher would say a prayer over the intercom that included the name of Jesus Christ. At lunchtime a blessing would be said before eating. We were encouraged to bring our Bibles to school and we were allowed to read them. We could even witness to others and pray with them in school. The Ten Commandments were posted in each school. What has happened in the last 50 years?
Since the time of my youth many things have changed.
1. Christian Clergy can no longer speak in our schools, but other religions can be discussed in our schools.
2. Prayer and moments of silence has been removed.
3. The reading of the Bible and handing out Christian tracks in schools are discouraged.
4. The posting of the Ten Commandments and “In God We Trust” posters have been removed from our schools
5. Clergy can no longer pray at Graduation ceremonies.
6. A student lead prayer at graduation ceremonies must be written out and approved in advance. The prayer cannot mention Jesus Christ.
7. High School football games can no longer start with prayer.
8. The Boy Scouts are being ridiculed for mentioning God in their motto and for not allowing homosexuals to become scoutmasters.
9. Ten Commandments monuments and nativity scenes are being removed from government property.