I became a Christian as a little girl, when I knelt beside my bed and prayed with my Daddy. I believe God saved me at that point. However, when I was a teenager, I finally understood Lordship. I finally understood that Jesus want to be both Savior of our souls, and Lord of our lives.
There is a difference. Having Jesus as Lord over every aspect of our lives involves a surrendering of our self-reliance and control. Many times, God shows me another area of my life that I have not surrendered to His Lordship. He shows me through His Word, through prayer, and through other people. At that point, I confess and pray and surrender yet again.
In the Old Testament we find a little passage with a lot of significance, which is easily overlooked. Exodus 21 sets forth the laws of Hebrew servants. Every seventh year, the servants had the opportunity to be set free. However, if the servant chose to, he could at that point become a servant for life.
Why would a servant want that? It says that if the servant loved his Master and did not want to go free, then the Master would take him to the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he would be servant for life. That is a beautiful example of Lordship. I love Jesus. I don’t want to be free of Him or His ways. Only in Him is true freedom found.
Many years ago I learned a little song, which I still often sing as a prayer:
Pierce my ear, O Lord, my God.
Take me to Your door this day.
I will serve no other god.
Lord, I’m here to stay.
Today, will you ask Jesus, your LORD and Savior, if there is anything you are holding back from Him? He will gently and lovingly reveal those things and give you the strength to truly make him Lord of all aspects of your life.
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.