Lordship is spoken of in Christian circles often, yet I wonder, is it understood? According to the American Heritage Dictionary it means 1) a title and form of address for a man holding rank of lord. 2) The position or authority of a lord. 3) The territory belonging to a feudal lord. The word lord means 1) the rank in a feudal society or retains feudal forms and institutions, especially a king or a territorial magnate. 3) The proprietor of a manor. Is not the Lord the proprietor of earth, a territorial magnate, and king of heaven and earth? As such are we not under His full authority? As Christians, have we not willingly entered into His kingdom? Thus, are we not under subjection to Him?
As Americans, I believe we have a hard time understanding the implications of the biblical truth of Lordship. We are a very individualistic society. Nonetheless we have to surrender our American culture to take up the Christian culture. If one does not see the difference between them, that person will struggle unnecessarily with and in their Christianity.
Lordship is not an opinion for Christians; it is mandatory. One cannot be a Christian without surrendering to the Lordship of Christ. Rom 10:9-10 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” God lets us know if we believe with our hearts and confess with our months Christ as Lord, we are saved. Either we have surrendered to His Lordship or we are lying about it. And if we are lying, then salvation is not obtained.
The gift of eternal life is not truly free! Yes we receive it free and it was not according to our own works, rather Christ’s, but the cost to us is our very lives! We are no longer ours, as if we ever were: Rom 6:16-18 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine, which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” The truth is there are none free: either we are slaves to Satan or slaves to Christ. Either way, slaves have no rights and yield to their masters: whether the master of this world, Satan or the master of all creation, Christ.
The words of Joshua are as relevant to us today as they were to Israel many years ago. “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Josh 24:14-15. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the gods of Egypt do not exist in America. Anyone or anything put first in place of the one true God is like one of the gods of Egypt. It need not be in the form of a stone or wooden image.
The question can be asked in many ways to be express in modern language. One such way is this: Choose whom you will serve, the world and it’s pleasures, yourself and your dreams and goals, both of which derive from Satan, or the one true God? And with that choice, must come the realization that your life and mine are not ours, rather the one whom we choose to serve. Let me encourage you, choose Christ and live! Life on earth is too short not to. What is a hundred years compared to eternity?