Let Christ Rule…in Your Life
When we think about why we are here, we are here for revival. Revival is not by its definition necessarily about person who do not know Christ but those what are not living for Him. So as we start our time of revival and renewal is a call to those that know Christ but perhaps are not living for Him. Many of us are happy to have a Savior. We don’t what want to spend eternity separated from God in Hell, but to acknowledge Him as Lard and allow Him to have total control will change how we live. It is that change that makes it difficult to choose Christ and even more so to live out that reality each and every day.
Revival is about recapturing and finding again our true life and purpose in Jesus Christ. John the Baptist when questioned about Jesus’ followers baptizing and some of John’s own disciples following Jesus responded, “I must decrease that He may increase.” John’s describes himself as getting out-of-the-way to make room for Jesus. It was no longer John’s time but Jesus’ time to rule and reign. Do we allow Christ to rule and reign in our lives or are we content to accept grace while holding on to our lives?
This issue can be a difficult one to get our heads around but even worse our hearts are what can keep us from making Christ Lord and not just Savior. The decision to surrender is an easy one to make, but the heart to carry it out and actually surrender each day is a place where many of us struggle. It is not a matter of just expressing a desire to do so, making any decision devoid of commitment and action is not a decision really. Instead the words become empty, dead, and lifeless because they do not have the life of our commitment and yes our surrender.
There are many who do not trust fully in this life because they believe that we need the things of this world to be happy and content. True contentment comes from trusting in our eternal life which is truly lasting. It is in this trust of our eternal life that frees us from this world and helps us to be more alive. We are live because of Him, we will live in eternity because of Him, and we can truly live now because of and for Him. The giver of life at creation is still the giver of life now. It is in Him that we have life and breath and move. Our Lord is the giver of life.
For Christ to rule in our lives we must be willing to ask Him some tough question. I do not say tough because they are tough for Him to answer but tough because if we listen to the answer they will expose our true heart. Our hearts from Him cannot be hidden, so we may find it safer not to ask. The rich young ruler dared to ask such a question, knowing that part of him was holding back. He asks about eternal life and what good thing he must do to get eternal life? Jesus then points Him to the one that is good and told the young man to keep the commandments and lists a few. Have you ever known anyone who wanted to know which, are the important commandments so they can concentrate on them? They young man is becoming confident and tells the teacher, I have kept them all since I was young, what do I lack? This is a question about putting life into our faith. Jesus responds with what the young man was not wanting to let go of his possessions and money, “sell what you have, and come and follow me.”
Where then does that put us? We might be the ones who are very generous, so am I ok? The better way of examining this question is not to look at what I am giving, but rather what am I still holding out on, or holding on to? Christ is does not want some of us but all of us. For this young man it was money. What is it that we are holding on to, that is really holding us back and holding us down? What are we grasping on to so tightly that we cannot grasp, reach out for, or lay hold of what is more complete in Christ? If we try to hold on to Christ and anything else we will be torn apart, a man cannot serve two masters. In trying to do so in the end you will have served neither or even served yourself.
Let’s try on a few different shoes if you will. Perhaps money is not what you are holding back on. Is it past hurts, disappointments, lack of forgiveness, gossip, a grudge, pride, entitlements, a sense of self-righteousness, political angst or anger, a low opinion of others, family problems…what are you holding on to that doesn’t have the life that frees us in Christ? When we let of that one thing we find that we are not left hanging but rather we are taking hold of that which has taken hold of us. Like the hand of grace reaching down to grab Peter as he sinks below the water.
In today’s world we do not want to see Jesus as Lord. There are too many that want to accept Him Salvation but do not want to think of Him as Lord. We want a more mellow, watered down version of Jesus. You know, the one that is our friend and not our Lord, the one we can come up with great bumper stickers or t-shirts for that says things like “Jesus is my homeboy.” Jesus is not something we just stick on our car or a slogan we wear on a t-shirt, but Jesus is our Lord. Our decision follow Him starts with the embodiment of that decision with our daily lives. In other words to make this decision and live with it means we have to die to ourselves. Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ…
What do we need to let go of to truly follow Christ?
Rev. Greg Soult