Which Way Lord?
By Dr. Chandrakumar Manickam
Practicing the Lordship of Christ
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What do we actually mean by the term practicing the Lordship of Christ? It involves: (1) Authority,
(2) Ownership, (3) Devotion, (4) Dependence, (5) Priorities, (6) Yielding.
It is respecting and recognising the authority of one who controls us. We read in Luke 6:46, And why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say. A son honours his father and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honour? Where is My respect? Says the Lord of hosts (Mal. 1:6).
Today the Lord is asking you and me this question. Do we allow our minds, wills, motives and emotions to be subject to the authority and control of our Lord Jesus Christ?
It is acknowledging his right of ownership.
We read in 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20: you are not your own for you have been bought with a price
1 Peter 1:18, 19: you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold but with precious blood the blood of Christ. Have you recognised your owner and given charge of your life to Him?
It is confessing His Lordship and worshipping Him.
Philippians 2:9-11 says, God highly exalted him that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord
It is not only confessing with our tongues that he is Lord but it is daily living a devoted and dedicated life which reflects our worship of the Lord in a concrete form.
It is accepting our nothingness and unworthiness and agreeing with Jesus that apart from him we can do nothing (John 15:5). It is a life of faith and total surrender to the divine wisdom and will of God. Christ should be all in all in every single detail of our life.
His lordship requires that we set right our priorities in:
i) Our Daily Necessities: We can call it stewardship.
We read in Matthew 6:33: seek ye first the kingdom of God Even in our daily necessities let us seek to know the mind of Christ and be willing to accept what he knows is best for us.
ii) Our Daily Activities: We can call it Discipleship.
We read in Luke 9:23 about denying ourselves and taking up our cross daily. Every move we make and every step we take should be in tune with the plan and purpose of our Master. We should be ready to sacrifice anything and everything for our Lord.
iii) Our Daily Role: We can call it Leadership.
We should be leaders who are subject to Christ’s authority, spiritually minded and self-giving; those who exemplify broken hearts, bent knees and wet eyes.
We read in 2 Chronicles 16:9: For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.
How are our priorities controlled? Our commitment to Christ controls our priorities. And our priorities in turn control our Decisions.
The Lordship begins and continues by yielding. Yielding involves constant alertness. We must be constantly alert in order to have all under his Lordship’s control.
By ‘all,’ I mean the physical, mental, social and spiritual dimensions. Rom. 12:1, 2.
i) Physical: Present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice as acceptable to God. which includes your possessions, health, hygiene and appearance.
ii) Mental: Be renewed in the mind which involves your education, goals, decisions and discipline.
iii) Social: Do not be conformed to this world which comes through the influences of friends, family, leisure and habits.
iv) Spiritual: Prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect which involves obedience, witness, quiet time and Bible study.
Thus we should practice the Lordship of Christ everyday in our lives.
The late Bishop John H. Vincent had the habit of repeating to himself each morning the following words of an act of commitment, a good model for us to observe: I will this day try to live a simple, sincere and serene life; repelling promptly every thought of discontent, impurity and self seeking; cultivating cheerfulness, magnanimity, charity and the habit of holy silence; exercising economy in expenditure, carefulness in conversation, diligence in appointed service, fidelity to every trust and a childlike faith in God.
For further help you can read the following books by the same author: –
- Who are you? Where are you going?
- Resist temptation be an Overcomer
- Faithfulness in our day to day life
- Wedding Bells To Legal Bills
- Deep Insights