Pleasant Run Baptist Church
A few weeks ago during our Wednesday night Bible study, I was teaching from the Book
of Proverbs. I made a statement on how important it is for the Children of God,
to walk under the lordship of Christ, or walking in the will of God. I believe
they are one in the same.
Today, I want to focus on the lordship of Christ. To quote a statement from Rev. Charles
Stanley….”Many people accept Jesus as their Savior, but avoid making Him Lord.”
I ask you, “Can He be Savior and not Lord? Can He be Lord and not be Savior?”
I say to you He cannot and will not.” For the next several Sunday mornings, I
hope you will allow me the opportunity to show you in scripture what the Bible
says about the lordship of Christ.
What does it mean to call Him "Lord?" Sometimes we preachers will tiptoe around the
subject in fear of offending someone. I am warning you up-front -- I am not
going to do this with these series of messages I will be bringing to you,
because I want to give it to you straight from God’s word. This is what
preaching the lordship of Christ is about.
Being under the lordship of Christ simply means that we acknowledge Him as the supreme
authority; and not only do we acknowledge Him, we must confess that He holds
domain over His kingdom. Let us think about it in a secular sense. In the
earthly kingdom, the king has the final say. All of his subjects had to bow
down and worship him. “I wonder how good we are doing when we worship our
I like the song the Gaither’s wrote a few years ago… "The King is coming, the
King is coming, Thank God, He is coming again.” Actually, He is already here.
Jesus said, “The kingdom of Heaven is already at hand.” For those who have
confessed Him as our Lord and Savior, we are a part of the Kingdom. We have
dual citizenships. We are holding a citizenship in America, and for the blood
washed, we have citizenship in Heaven.
One of the things you will find lacking in God’s church is obedience. We know better
and our heart tells us differently, but we lack obedience to the Lord. That is
a clear-cut indication as to whether we are truly a part of the kingdom. When
we do not obey the Supreme authority, something is missing. There is "a flaw in
the slaw." Many people want to be a part of the kingdom, but have a
problem giving up worldly things. I have heard people make the statement, and
it makes me sick every time I hear it, ”I just want to get to Heaven by the
‘skin of my teeth.’” Does that not make you sick to hear someone say that?
Folks, there is more to it than getting there by the “Skin of your teeth.”
We want to be a part of the kingdom, but do not want to yield to His authority. Let us
use the marriage covenant. I will use myself as the example. Suppose I am
married but still involved with other women. If that were the case for Jr.
You would be reading my death announcement in the newspaper.
You would be looking for a new pastor, as you very well should be.
Why is is important for a person to stay faithful to their spouse? To be otherwise
would be fake, because you would not be loving them the way you should; you
would not be giving them the attention they should have. You would not give
them the respect they deserve. Therefore, if I am legally married and
unfaithful to the one I love, I would make our marriage a fake. We can use that
same illustration with the Lord. We bow our heads and ask the Lord to forgive
our sins and come into our heart. Then we go on our way doing the same old
things, enjoying the same worldly pleasures and we end up two-timing God. If
that happens, your relationship with God is fake. To have this kind of
relationship with God is a mockery. It is a mockery to the shed blood of Jesus
In a series of sermons, I plan to point out seven steps that will determine if we
have enough evidence to convict ourselves in a court of law whether Jesus is
Lord of our lives. Our salvation is verified by our works. It is true works
alone cannot get us to Heaven, but our works is evidence of our salvation.
How do I know Jesus is Lord of my life? "I am a Christian, preacher. Do I really
need to ask that question?" My answer to that is, “I think we all need to look
in our spiritual mirror and ask ourselves that question.”
tells us that… Not everyone that sayeth unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into
the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
I have a revelation for you. God has a plan for you. God has a plan for little Jaylyn.
I think she will handle money because she is very good at bringing the birthday
money up here and putting in one coin at a time where it belongs. I believe
William will be a traveling evangelist. You see, God has a plan for all our
lives. It may not be to preach, to teach, to sing, or to play an instrument,
but God has a plan for you. He may just want you to be the best dad you
can be, or the best mother. However, the plan must be met by walking in God’s
will under the lordship of His Son, Jesus.
God’s plan may sometimes require you to make changes in the life you are living. He
may sometimes nudge you to get you to change things around the way He wants you
to. When God called me to preach He had to give me one of those nudges. The
factory where I was working was downsizing and I found myself without a job.
So, I said, “ Okay God, I’ll step out. I don’t know much and I have no
experience in being a preacher. I am green as a gourd, but if that is what You
are calling me to do, I'll do it. the rest is history.
Sometimes when things happen we think it is God’s way of punishing us. Don’t
think that. It might be God’s way of giving you an all new and better
direction.. One He has chosen for you. To do anything else may be outside the
Lord’s will. So I am thinking, maybe it is better to answer Him the first time
He nudges you. Remember when you was a kid fighting with your brother or
sister and your parents said, “Don’t make me come in there? You didn’t want
them to come so you would calm down and do what they said…Same with God, He may
tell you, “Don’t make me have to nudge you again.”
I have stood over many caskets and I don’t know if those people were in Heaven or
Hell. Sometimes I was certain that someone was in Heaven and sometimes others
have given me reason to wonder. I don’t know anyone’s lifebut my own so it is
not for me to judge, but to go back to Matthew 7:21. You can’t just speak it;
you’ve got to live it. God’s word is not a buffet. It is not something by
which you can pick- and- choose, a little of this and a little of that. It
must be all or nothing. God knows our hearts and we are living short of what
we are capable of. When we accepted Him as our Savior, He wants to be Lord over
all our lives.
Bro. Dwight Coffman said, ”You can go to Hell from a
Baptist pulpit just the same as you could from a bar stool.” There are many
things that will keep people out of Heaven. One important thing is because they
will not allow the Lord to hold lordship over their lives. They are forever
trying to make a deal with God --Things like, “God, I will serve you, but my
money is mine. I will serve you, but I have a little secret locked away that
belongs to me and I don’t want to get rid of it just now. God, I will serve you
when I have the time and don’t have anything else to do.”
Lord, I want to go out to this night club just for a
short time, but if you don’t want me to go just wipe that nightclub off the
map. But honestly, I won’t be gone long. Or, maybe you will not say
anything and think He will not notice that you went. What are you
thinking! Of course, He knew you went. Do you think God is not aware of your
little secrets hidden away. Do you think He is not aware of every move you
make? Do you think He is not aware of what you thought five minutes ago?
Remember this verse….
Not everyone that saith,
Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of
my Father, which is in Heaven…
To be continued……..
Pastor JR Fields