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September 16, 2016, 2:10 PM

Why Church?



“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Matthew 7:21-23

 

This has always been a troublesome passage of scripture for me. People have claimed the name of Jesus. They have done many things in his name that far more impressive than anything that I have done. Yet, Jesus makes it very clear that they are not saved.  How is it that possible? 

Today we are looking at the early church's dedication to proclaiming the gospel. I believe that if we are going to be dedicated to proclaiming the gospel like they were, we must fully understand it first. That means that we must fully understand the weight of our sin, then we must fully understand the extravagance of God's grace, and lastly we must arrive at a reasonable response. 

In short, the reasonable response is to make Jesus the “Lord of our Life.” But, what does it really mean to make something the “Lord of your Life”? What does that look like? In many ways, the phrase 'Lord' looses a lot of impact to those of us who have grown up in a democratic society. 

To declare Jesus “Lord of your Life” would mean that you have made him the supreme ruler of all that you are and do. According to dictionary.com that is what a Lord is: a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler. Jesus is our Creator, our Sustainer, and our Savior. He has authority over all of creation.  Therefore, his rightful place is as Lord over our life. 

Our problem comes when we want Jesus to be Lord of certain things, but not others. For Jesus to be Lord, he has to be the one who calls the shots. He is the one who makes our decisions. Our hopes and dreams belong to Him. For Jesus to be Lord of our Life, we cannot be the ones who decide what to do with our life. That right belongs to Jesus. 

Unfortunately, these people declared that Jesus was Lord, Lord without surrendering to Him as such. Partial surrender to Jesus is still full rebellion against His authority in your life. 


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