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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
The definition of the word Lord is a series of one-word answers like king, monarch, sovereign, master, ruler, etc. On one occasion, Jesus addressed His followers and asked them why they called Him Lord, but did not obey Him. In other words, did they believe He was, “Lord or Not?”
When you look at the definitions of the word “Lord,” and then think of what would happen in ancient times to a citizen under such rule who disobeyed their king, immediately the ramifications flood your mind. Even today in Middle Eastern customs we read of swift punishment to anyone standing against a king or crown prince. Why? The reason is that a king has total authority. It isn’t a democratic system at all, it’s an autocratic one where no questions are asked. Too often, we approach the Lord and His biblical directives with our approach to government. We have developed a system that has a tendency within the church to vote on whether or not a particular Jesus statement has merit or authority today. But while the Bible promotes freedom in Jesus, it certainly doesn’t promote democracy. If you have to vote on whether or not to allow Jesus to be Lord of your life, I can tell you He’ll never be. In the Old Testament, once a sacrifice was killed and laid on the altar there was no taking it back. By New Testament standards, once a person yields their life to Jesus, He becomes Lord of them. In like manner, there should be no taking that living sacrifice back. Because He’s either “Lord Or Not!”
This AM I once again leave my willful living sacrifice of “ME” at Your altar. Whatever You want to do with me, I’m yours. Amen