I am a terrible passenger—just ask my husband! All my fears and anxieties seem to rise to the surface and my heart starts racing--I've even been known to scream. All this has nothing to do with my husband's driving and everything to do with the fact that I am no longer in control.
In Colossians 2:6-7, Paul writes this: So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness.
The abundant life Jesus invites us to live through Him begins when we 'receive Him as Lord.' But this 'receiving' is not a one-off event—it is a lifestyle. We must continue to receive Him as Lord, day by day, moment by moment allowing Him to take the wheel.
A 'lord' is 'he to whom a person or things belong, about which he has the power of deciding. One supreme in authority.' We love to talk about receiving Jesus as our friend, as our healer, as our light and our life and even as our Saviour—but as our Lord? Well, that can be a different story. We fear that we will be diminished if we allow Him this place of supreme authority. Yet the simple truth is that without receiving Him as Lord, we cannot truly know Him in these other capacities; we cannot enter into the fullness of all that He offers us.
So Paul tells us to be ‘rooted’ in Christ—in Ephesians he expanded on this, praying that we would be rooted and established in love, so we would have the power to grasp the magnitude of Christ’s love for us and thereby be filled with all the fullness of God (3:17-19). When our roots are planted firmly in the soil of Christ’s love we will no longer be afraid of receiving Him as Lord, because His perfect love drives out fear (1 John 4:18).
Do not believe the lie that submitting to Christ as Lord will diminish you—His lordship is essential to your growth; essential to the fullness we are promised in Christ. Put your roots down deep into the truth that you are immeasurably loved by Him and allow Him to lead the way.
Where do you need to receive Christ as Lord today?
He was sweaty and restless and struggling to get back to sleep - I was yet to fall asleep and was beginning to lose patience with him. My eyes were heavy and I desperately needed to get some rest. We had an important weekend ahead – why had he had to get a fever and an upset stomach tonight?
Big emotions were rising to the surface and I was struggling to stay in control. In a moment of sheer desperation, I opened my mouth and began to sing the words of an old hymn.
“All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.”
Line by line, peace permeated the room and my heart. My son snuggled a little closer and I kept singing; letting go a little more of all I had been holding on to with every refrain.
Uncovered by the relentless demands of a three-year-old, they began to dissipate in the loving presence of my Saviour.
In 1 Thessalonians 3:7, the Amplified describes faith as ‘the leaning of your whole personality on God in complete trust and confidence.’ I have always loved this rendering because it reminds me that God not only wants me to entrust my circumstances to Him but also myself--with all my distinctive traits and responses.
Whether it is the day-to-day demands or the curveballs that life throws us; our deepest disappointments or dearest dreams, Jesus invites us to lean in a little closer and rest the weight of what we carry on the truth of who He is. To ‘in His presence daily live.’
What is God inviting you to surrender and trust Him with?