But I call him Lord!
I Corinthians 12:3 "Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, 'Jesus is accursed'; and no one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' except by the Holy Spirit."
In a conversation recently, I was asked, "Why do you call Jesus Lord?"
A very honest and real question.
I began, we are all lost in sin, born into a sinful world and of a sinful nature. With that being said, then next, we all need a savior.
So, I recognized I was a sinner and repented of my sins and asked Jesus to forgive me and come into my heart. I also asked Him to dwell in my heart, make my heart His home. That was my beginning.
Well, I am flesh and blood (last I checked) and a very strong-willed person. I far too often act and react to situations and circumstances around me. So, I don't always behave the way I should. I am an imperfect man with imperfect ways living in an imperfect world.
When I prayed for Jesus to forgive me, I also in my prayer stated, "Jesus, you know my weaknesses and when I am weak, please be my strength and give me strength to overcome my short comings."
I find that I have to live that prayer on a daily bases. I have a savior, and I know that. But, I also have a Lord. To be my savior was my starting point, the cross of Christ is where I started my walk, my journey as a Christian. And while I cling to the Cross of Christ, I try to live as though Jesus is walking beside me every step.
Sadly, I fail far too often. So, when I am tempted to lash out, I have already asked Him to be my strength, and He is there.
When Jesus was praying in the garden, about to be arrested and beaten and crucified, He prayed, "Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."
The humanity of Christ, a foreboding of what was to come.
I remember as a boy growing up when I was going to get a spanking, I frantically thought of all kinds of ways to get out of it. I can remember my mom saying on several occasions, "Ronnie Dale, do you want a spanking?" I never understood that question. Who in the right mind (or left for that matter), wants a spanking?
But, because of the world, then and now, we needed a savior.
In the Old Testament days for the forgiving of sins, a lamb (an unblemished unspotted lamb) must be slaughtered, and its blood given for the remission of sins. Some would say that's cruel. Skipping ahead in time, I would say the same is true for Jesus. The Bible called Jesus the sacrifice lamb.
Hebrews 10:10 says, "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all."
Jesus became that sacrifice lamb, and His blood was required for the remission of our sins. I could never own enough lambs, or other livestock, to sacrifice for the remission of my sins. But, I don't have to, either.
Jesus paid it all on a cross, a cruel and humiliating death for the remission of my sins. He did that once for me and for you, once for all!
So, I do call Jesus my savior. But in answer to the question I was asked, "Why do you call Him Lord?"
I ask Jesus to lead me and guide in my daily tasks and affairs. He is the silent listener to EVERY conversation. He knows my thoughts and the intent of my heart. I fully surrender myself to Him. Every day, I ask Jesus to be with me. When I am weak, be my strength, Jesus, I call you, Lord, today. Be my guide, be my strength. You are my Lord.
My friend I was talking with thought for a moment and then replied, "Thank you, Pastor, that really helps me a lot. Now, if only I can live up to that."
To which I relied, "Amen, me too!"
Ron Hemphill is the pastor at New Life Bible Chapel. He can be reached at 541-447-6543.