Savior and Lord

I’ve been sick these past few days so I’ve had extra time to ponder spiritual matters. Today what is on my heart is Jesus as savior and lord of Christians. Jesus wants to be both our Savior and Lord.

I hope all who claim to be Christians understand and acknowledge Jesus as their savior. This is the easy part of being a Christian because it doesn’t require us to actually physically do anything other than acknowledge Him. Or does it? In order to need a savior, you need to have something to be saved from. In our case, it was sin. So, in order to acknowledge Jesus as your savior, you need to first acknowledge your sins. This is a personal introspection, not just general human sins. Hence everyone’s need for a savior. Romans 3:23

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [emphasis mine]

This understanding can be a stumbling block, but it shouldn’t be. All have done things wrong in God’s eyes. No sin is worse than another. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your sins are too great. Jesus understood this. He came for all sinners. After acknowledging your sins and a need for a savior, acknowledge Jesus as that savior.

Mark 2:17

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Finally, let Jesus be Lord of your life. A lord watches over his subjects and tells them what to do. He protects them and expects obedience in exchange. This can be the hard part since it is often contrary to how our culture says we should live.

Jesus as savior and lord go hand in hand. A radio program recently said the Christian life should be one of simple obedience. Nothing more but nothing less. It’s wonderful to know Jesus as a savior. I don’t think it’s asking too much to be obedient to him as Lord over my life in exchange.

How do we know what he wants of us as our savior and Lord? Read the Bible. Read it in depth, not just in short passages from devotionals or commentaries. Everything we need to know is there, especially the New Testament. It’s full of instructions as well as inspiration.

2 Timothy 3:16

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness

Yes, some of it doesn’t fit well with popular culture and today’s consumerist lifestyle. Still, what is culture when dealing with things eternal? 1 John 2:15-17 tells believers

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

We need to teach Jesus as both savior and lord to our children. We need to lead them by example. They need to see us living a life set apart for Christ as Lord. Children should see their parents worshiping God and praying daily, not just on Sunday morning in church. Parents teach children about sin and it’s consequences, about Jesus as savior.

Unfortunately, I ‘m seeing a lot of church’s Sunday children’s programs are more like a Bible themed day care with little Biblical instruction. I’m not saying they can’t have some games, but the real focus should be on learning about God and Jesus through studying the Bible. They need a solid foundation with Jesus as their savior and Lord, not just a friend for having fun.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it

So is Jesus your personal savior and lord? Are you an obedient servant?