He Either Is or Is Not

Philippians 2:9-10 (ESV)
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,”

It’s a common practice in churches across the world to sing hymns of praise whenever the congregations gather in unity. Songs that celebrate the Exalted Son as Lord and God, a fact that Paul so clearly mirrored in Scripture.

But how do we match what we say and sing with what we do in life? Surely Christ’s lordship is more than mere words.

All too often, we recognize disparity between our words and the feelings we have deep in our hearts (Matthew 15:8). As we go through the outward motions of spiritual living, we feel guilty knowing that Christ’s lordship still remains unresolved in our hearts and lives. It seems as time goes by in our spiritual walk, we become more callous to such a gap, accepting the disparity and believing God’s grace will cover the difference. We no longer understand the reality of Paul’s inspired writing above.

Often in Scripture the Greek word kyrios is used to describe Lord in reference to Jesus. It is a word that means master, the one to whom a service is due. The Septuagint translates kyrios from the Old Testament word for Jehovah. Jesus is, therefore, Owner, Master, and King. He reigns over all, the King of kings (Revelation 19:16).

But is He Lord, Owner, and Master of our lives? When we search the depths of our inner being is He Lord there? Do we confess Him there as Lord?

Confessing Christ means much more than repeating a few words or singing a hymn. It is more than admitting a fact. It is about admission AND submission. We admit that Christ is Lord and submit to His Lordship over our lives. Confession is intimately related to believing as Paul declared in Romans 10:9-10; however, just as in salvation, external words require internal belief. It is more than mental assent, but rather a pledge oneself in loyalty to Jesus Christ as Lord in response to the call of the Holy Spirit.

Yet we are in constant battle with such implications. We say the words but find weakness in our daily walk to make it real. When life is going good, it becomes an even more abstract notion. Only in the pain of life, in the tears of struggle, do we sometimes get a glimpse of what it truly means to surrender to His Lordship.

A life such as the one we are to lead is indeed a pilgrimage. There is no light switch effect that makes it instantaneously attainable; Paul knew this all too well (c.f. Philippians 3:13-14). It is a goal, but one that when our hearts are truly aligned with God one that can we move towards.

Wake up each day renewing your vow to God to let Him be Lord of your life.