NOVEMBER 22, 2017

The Word: LORDSHIP


“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance”
(James 1:2–3).

Open your mouth today and tell the brokenhearted how the pure joy of Jesus has lifted your life out of the dark manholes of death, hell, and the grave. Jesus’ death and blood defeated all three. His precious blood, smeared on the heart of every determined and maturing believer, produces pure joy even in the most difficult and desperate situations. 

Are you living a determined, surrendered, sacrificial, and maturing Christian life full of Jesus’ pure joy on a daily basis? Or do you think the difficulties of this world have snatched away your joy? If you think you have lost your joy, maybe you have never really possessed it, because once you receive His pure joy, no one and nothing can take it away. You can’t even discard it yourself.

When you receive Jesus as Savior, you equally receive Him as Lord. Lordship relinquishes all personal control to another in authority. The more you yield to living a surrendered and sacrificial life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the more you will be able to possess the pure joy of the Master Potter, the Lord God Almighty. 

If you are willing to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, you will want to help others experience His pure joy too. Are you committed to helping others receive this great reward? James was committed to helping fallen people reclaim their footing in life and find pure joy in Christ when he said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2–3). 

Let us never give up on finding pure joy and sharing it with others. 

We must persevere. 

We must be determined!

 

“That's what lordship is—Christ reigning as supreme authority over our life. Making Jesus Lord of our life is not something passive. It's not a state of being, it's a state of doing. Those whom Jesus recognizes as His own are those who do the will of His Father in heaven.”

—Keith Green

 

Today’s prayer…

Father, we admit that we sin. We confess that we want our own way. Yet we know that You created us and we can do nothing without You. Thank You for your sacrifice on the cross. We easily acknowledge that you are our Savior. But help us to remember and to live knowing you are also Lord over every area of our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Devotional taken from The 9 Marks of A Mature Christian: A Pattern for Effective Christian Living by Robert F. Loggins Sr.