NAMES OF JESUS IN THE 1ST CHAPTER OF JOHN:
#7 HE WAS CALLED LORD, MASTER:
Lord (master) is one who has authority to issue commands, has the power to judge the degree to which that command is obeyed, and the right to discipline/train or reward/punish that behavior. Jesus asked, “Why do you say, Lord, Lord, but do not do as I say?”
Although there is submission demanded in being a servant, there is also great reward in having a lord who looks out for you. Lev. 25:39 speaks of one who chooses to be a bond servant. I choose to be a bond servant of the Lord Jesus. I am free to leave but I stay because I choose to do so. There is a great deal of peace and rest available to one who has a kind, loving lord.
But there is no one-sided negotiation available. If you get the “umbrella” of an honorable lord, you must submit to obedience to that lord.
Over 150 years ago, Hudson Taylor, a missionary to China, said, “If Jesus is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.” I close my eyes even now and this refrain echoes in my head, “Why call me Lord, and you do not do as I say?” And I say, “Lord, I do most of the time and for the most important things.” He doesn’t answer; I don’t need him to; I know the answer. It’s not my place to argue or negotiate the time, place, or degree of my obedience. I remember he said if I love him, I will keep his commands.
I pick up my tools and get to moving. 😀
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