The LORDSHIP of CHRIST
John 14: 21 “He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
What a tremendous promise!!!
How much do we have this?
Yes, we are born again. But do we obey His Word to us?
To make Christ, LORD;
there can be no outstanding disobedience.
No place where you are running the show.
Matthew 16:24 “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
I preach on this a lot. There is no place, or time, where we can disregard this verse…..IF WE ARE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST.
Disciple simply means that you are under the discipline of a certain Master….or that you accept and help to spread the teaching of your Master.
You must deny yourself , take up your cross, and follow HIM.
This is between you and your Lord. You do not bear a cross in a crowd, nor do others bear it for you.
Each is called to bear their own cross.
The “Cross” for each of us is really individual. It is what cuts across our wills. We will to do one thing….and Jesus wants us to do another. The Lord’s will cuts across our will.
What will we choose?
Will we “deny ourself” and choose the “cross” of Christ’s Will? And Follow Him, just like He denied Himself and always chose the Father’s Will?
Then we can go on in our experience with Christ and :
Matthew 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
Refuse the Cross, try to save your Life, and be certain you will lose it.
This is where your habits and characteristics are concerned. What makes you , you.
(I have always had a temper….now you can control it. That can be natural , and have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit. But when the Lord dealt with me about it…He said that EVERY TIME I’M MAD, I’M WRONG.
But, Lord, some time I’m RIGHT!!!
No, every time you get mad—you’re wrong. So, to deny myself, and lose my life in myself; Every time I start to get mad–even when the reason is right; I stop, and deny myself, and ask The Lord for help to deal with the situation the way He wants)
(I have also had a habit of asking “why?” Why this ,Lord? Why that , Lord? This went on and on, until the Lord dealt with me about my asking Him “Why”. HE dealt with me rather severely….until it began to “hurt” when I would even think “Why?” I learned that it was NOT my business to ask “Why?” About the circumstances of my life, but to surrender them, And myself , to do what He wants about them!)
To lose your self life , really…it must be for Jesus Sake.
He must be our REASON for living.
We are born…we had no choice, there. We are, and can not be annihilated. We will exist for eternity–somewhere. And in our life , we choose our friends, our work ,and what is important to us.
But now we are also born again.
And that places a whole new range of choices before us. And the 1st choice is always, Who will choose for us? Who’s Will, will we follow?
Will we continue in our natural way of thinking, and choose ?
Or will we “deny ourselves” and let Jesus choose for us?
To find our Christ Life is to find our natural opinions, giving way to Christ’s ; and finding also the power to live them.
Can you turn the other cheek….Can you love the members of Christ’s body….Can you forgive…Can you diligently stand against the wiles of the Devil….Can you hold on until the end? And most important, Can you do it out of love for the Lord Jesus?
In our self life….no. For the motive for our self life is us. Even when we do good, it is for a reason to improve, show off, or gain for self.
In our Christ life , the Holy Spirit supplies these “graces”. Or fruits.
Galatians 5: 22-24. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts”
So to “find” your Christ Life, you must lose your self life.
This is a process. Where you and the Lord “walk” together every day. Where He shows you this attitude that needs denying; Or that habit that needs changing.
Amos 3:3 “Can two walk together, except they be agreed.”
This agreement is with the Lord.
It is always, IF ANY MAN WILL. It is our wills He deals with. They are the makers of action.
Our minds understand information.
Our hearts feel emotion.
But Jesus deals with neither, here.
He deals with our wills. To will after Him.
Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Could you value something, Anything, more that your Soul?
Is there anything on this Earth that could possibly be of more value that your Eternal Soul?
Well, if there is, then you will lose your Christ Life for it.
You see, when you are born again…you learn the Value of your Soul…..Christ died for it.
He gave up all His glory in Heaven, to come and save it.
He became a man; that as man –the perfect man–He might fulfill the Law of God , that He might be the perfect sacrifice to take away our sins…..that we might have peace with God, and life thru His Name.
The Value of our souls to God is great…for He gave His Son to die to save them.
When we are born again, the value of our soul before God is clearly seen.
Now, it can become “blurred” by life and circumstance….but the truth is there.
So, again Christ asks. “What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”