The message of this world is "It's all about you!" It's advertising that works in 2015.
But the Bible says something different.
Colossians 2:6-7 NLT And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
How do we make Jesus Lord in a self-obsessed world?
1. MAKE CHRIST YOUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY
And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord
The starting point is making him Lord. As you accept Christ as your saviour he also becomes the Lord of your life. Have you made him the Lord?
Colossae was a textile city 160 km from Ephesus, in Asia Minor and is now known as Turkey. They had some great qualities; faith and love (1:4), right living & strong faith (2:5). But much of the false teaching taking place in Colossae had to do with the minimising of Jesus. Many people thought He was important but not essential. They had given Him a place in their lives, without recognizing that He was the Lord. Jesus was important to them, but certainly not pre-eminent. We have the same temptation today. People want to make a place for Jesus in their life - but not necessarily as Lord.
Who is number one in your life? Because whoever is number one is really the Lord.
Is it Self? In the gym, you see some people who are obsessed with themselves and how they look!
Is it Relationships?For some people their relationships are number one. People will put relationships and family before their relationship with God. Putting anything before God is an idolatry.
Is it Money? Jesus said you can't serve two masters. It’s either God or money. For some people, the dollar comes first and they will chase it wherever it goes even if it means walking away from Christ.
Or is it Jesus Christ. If Jesus is the Lord, it changes everything!
What does Lordship mean? The word Lord means to govern over or to rule over. It means we surrender to Christ and let him rule in our lives. It means His way is our way
Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
People can say Lord, Lord, but that does not mean that he is Lord. Don't just call him Lord, come under his Lordship.
If God is the Creator of the entire universe, then it must follow that He is the Lord of the whole universe. No part of the world is outside of His lordship. That means that no part of my life must be outside of His lordship. - R. C. Sproul
2. BE COMMITTED TO FOLLOW HIM
You must continue to follow him.
Don't start well and then drop off. Lordship is a lifetime commitment. Medieval Knights / Vassals in the Middle Ages took an oath to their master that ensued their life-long service. “I promise on my faith that I will in the future be faithful to the Lord, never cause him harm and will observe my homage to him completely against all persons in good faith and without deceit.”
We have our own oath. “I come before you today and surrender my life, I ask for forgiveness for walking my own path and I ask you to come into my life and fill me with your spirit. I commit to following you all the days of my life.” This invites Jesus to be Lord. But continue to follow Him. Don't chop and change. Keep walking, even when it seems a long way. Keep connecting, even when God seems distant. Keep being discipled. even when it challenges us. Keep being faithful, even when others have walked away.
We have committed our lives to Christ and we must continue in him.
3. LET YOUR ROOTS GO DEEP
Let your roots grow down into him,
We let our roots go deep through discipleship. Without discipleship we are like trees in the storm with shallow roots. Like a tree, without deep roots we will fall over in a storm. We want aesthetically pleasing and low maintenance spiritual lives, but if your roots aren't deep in Christ, if you are not a disciple, you may look good but you will fall over in when the storms come. And they will come. If you are planted in Christ, you will not fall over. Get yourself deeply planted in Jesus Christ.
4.BUILD YOUR LIFE ON CHRIST
And let your lives be built on him.
Build your life on the rock. He is your firm foundation. If you build on Christ your life will be strong and secure. You won't fall away instead you will find strength in Him.
Matthew 7:24-25 Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.
Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
The benefits of the Lordship of Christ are immense! Our life flourishes. Our faith grows strong and our life overflows. If you are planted in Christ your life will be resourced by deeper water.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.