Every person must grapple with this question: “Who do I name as ‘Lord’ of my life?”
Some would insist that they are in sole charge of their destiny. They somehow are convinced that the input of others is supplemental to their cause. However, when such self-reliance is promoted, it is wise to be reminded that all of us are but a head injury away from complete dependence upon others.
We have a lot to learn when we believe that our “personal decisions” constitute Lordship over our lives.
Jesus of Nazareth stepped onto the world stage 2000 years ago claiming to be God. He told his enemies, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am” (John 8:58). They knew immediately that he was claiming to be YHWH. Thus, they took up rocks intending to stone him to death for blasphemy—rightly so if it wasn’t so!
It was after Jesus had washed his disciples’ feet that he told them, “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am” (John 13:13). This was God in the flesh, who having humbled Himself to be humanity’s Saviour, claimed Lordship over them.
Jesus leaves no room for doubt as to his claim over our soul’s destiny. And we praise his name that “his divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
But those who reject his grace and authority will answer according to their rejection of the Bible’s message: “He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day” (John 12:48).
Indeed, we call him “Teacher and Lord,” for so he is!