Summary: Far too many people who call themselves Christians deny that profession by their daily walk.
Lessons In Lordship Part 6
What Does Lordship Require of Me? (Part 2)
Introduction: Last week we resumed our study on the Lordship of Christ and we focused on two practical questions that Lordship demands we answer. Those questions were:
1. What Am I Holding On To? Is there anything that is keeping me from being totally sold-out for Jesus?
2. Who Am I Hanging Out With? Is there anything or anybody that is coming between me and Jesus?
Today we are going to continue looking at the implications of Lordship by looking at another practical application question. Let me remind you first of all of the over-arching principle that is guiding our study:
The Lordship of Christ is a Daily Exercise
As I stated last week, becoming a Christian or getting saved is a one-time event, but living a life for Jesus Christ is a daily exercise. Far too many people who call themselves Christians deny that profession by their daily walk. That is why a focus on Lordship is so important. With that in mind, let’s get back to our study. Here is our next question:
The Lordship of Jesus Christ demands that we ask...
3. Where Am I Headed?
I look at this question as a directional one. What direction is your life headed? Is that direction being driven by the Lord, or are you setting the course for your life? Turn with me to Colossians 1. I want us to look at some instructions Paul gave about how we should be walking as followers of Jesus Christ.
By the way, that term "followers of Jesus Christ" is a real good one for helping us keep our perspective in proper alignment. In fact, it may be the very best term when it comes to understanding the implications of Lordship. The word Christian can mean almost anything in our culture, and the term believer while it may be less generic than Christian still doesn’t really identify who we are. That’s why I really like the expression: Follower of Jesus Christ. That is very hard to misunderstand.
So let’s see what Paul has to say about being a follower of Christ starting with verse 9:
Colossians 1:9-10 (HCSB)
9For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.
To ask ourselves, "Where am I headed" is to ask, "Am I walking the way that the Lord wants me to walk?" Paul was very concerned that his readers walk worthy of the Lord. Within this passage we see what is necessary to walk worthy and we see the results of those who do walk worthy of the Lord.
So what does it talk to walk worthy? What do we need to be faithful followers of the Lord? Paul said that at the heart of heading in the right spiritual direction is and understand of God’s will. I have heard people for years say, "I wish I knew God’s will for my life." I have come to the conclusion that many people who say that don’t really mean what they say.
I believe that God desires to reveal His will to all of us. The problem is we are not that receptive to what it is that He wants. We worry about so many things, even to the exclusion of truly searching for God’s will. One of the reasons so many are so unfamiliar with the will of God is because they are not willing to spend time in the Word of God. Too many people want what Paul called wisdom and spiritual understanding, but they want it handed to them without the cost of faithful study.
When I get ready to go someplace that I have never been before I get on the internet and plug the location into Google Maps. Not only can I see it on a map, I can even get a satellite image of the location. In addition, if I know where I am, I can get step by step directions to where I need to go.
What Google Maps is to geography, the Bible is to our spiritual journey. Of course, if are like many people who don’t think they need directions, you can simply wander through life and hope you end up at the right place. That is bad advice when you are talking about geography, it is terrible advice when you are looking at your spiritual life.
So who is setting the course for your daily walk? If it is the Lord then there will be some obvious results that will be evident. Paul says that a worthy walk will be reflected in at least three verifiable outcomes.