Jesus as Lord or Slave of Sin
Verse 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Yesterday as we were talking about how serious sin is, we asked the question, “Could it be that we enjoy our sin more than our relationship with God?” Today we dig deep into the answer we gave to this probing question.
Not taking our sin seriously puts us into a place of walking the line against God. Our key verse points out that it doesn’t matter if we claim to ascribe to the Lordship of Christ, it matters if we actually surrender to Him and show that by obeying Him. This is how we know the true answer to the question we asked yesterday.
Could it be that we enjoy our sin more than our relationship with God? An uncomfortable question to be sure, but if we are honest with ourselves we can’t help but admit that we have a problem with sin. Sin is part of being in this imperfect world but it isn’t something we should just dismiss as something that we can’t do anything about.
The truth is that we make choices in our lives and some of them show we love Jesus and others show our love for ourselves. This sermon in Matthew was given to the disciples (although others may have been eavesdropping) and meant for our ears too. So when He was saying that some would call Him Lord though they weren’t His, He knew that at least one of His hearers fell into that category. Judas was likely sitting there thinking that he would not be counted among the faux believers, but we know how his story went.
We can fall into this same trap of thinking we are not weak enough to become a slave of our sin. But the truth is every one of us have times we struggle keeping God as Lord of our hearts. It is so easy to let our sins become more important to us than God or even the people around us. But when we allow sin to take top spot in our lives, we say we are our own god. Jesus rising from the dead proved He was the only one worthy to be Lord of our lives. And if we claim that He is the Lord of our lives, our actions must reflect that or He will tell us to get away from Him because He never knew us. We must do His will, always.
Making It Personal
Had you been honest with yourself when answering that question? If God were to be the one to answer that question about you, what would He say? What is an area where you know what God’s will is but you don’t do it all the time?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to make Jesus Lord? Does sin change our relationship with Jesus? What do you like more, Jesus or sin?
Father, You alone deserve the place of Lord in our lives. Give us the needed power to overcome these sins in our lives that we love more than You. In Jesus’ name, amen.