“Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience
to the faith among all nations for his name, among whom you also
are the called of Jesus Christ:”
Romans 1:5-6, NKJV
In the early days, to follow Jesus meant that Jesus was Lord. To speak of Christ as Lord, implied that Jesus was God (John 20:28) and Savior. (Titus 2:13)
The Greek word used most often is “kurios.” The word could mean “sir” in its lowest level. The word in its highest level means “master.” Paul declared that “every knee should bow” to the Lord.(Philippians 2:5-11) In our world there are many people who want to go to heaven but are not sure of the absolute recognition of Jesus as Lord.
In our Scripture reading, Christ is declared “Our Lord.” (Romans 1:3) Grace and peace are provided by “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” To be a follower of Christ is to recognize that He is absolute Lord. The history of Christianity and the declaration of Scripture clearly states that if Jesus is Savior, He is also Lord. On February 22, 156 A.D. a church father, Polycarp, was martyred. He refused to say “Caesar is Lord.” Two city officials, who loved and respected him, were attendants at his martyrdom. They pleaded with him to declare that Caesar is Lord. Polycarp responded, “For 86 years I have been Christ’s slave and he has done me no wrong; how can I blaspheme my King who saved me?” Observers watched him calmly die. “To him be glory, honor, majesty, and eternal dominion from generation to generation. Amen.”
Many of the men and women of God from the past provide marvelous examples of practicing Christ’s lordship in their lives.
QUESTION: How does Christs’ lordship change things you do at work? Discuss a recent time when Jesus’ Lordship made a difference in a decision you made.