I once found a fascinating quote by A.W. Tozer that went like this: The present position of Christ in the gospel churches may be likened to that of a king in a limited monarchy. He is lauded, supported. But his real authority is small. Normally, that king is head over all, but in every crisis someone else makes the decisions. On formal occasions he appears in his royal attire to deliver tame, colorless speeches put into his mouth by some real rulers of the country. The whole thing may be no more than good-natured make-believe….
Then he draws the parallel to Christ and the Church. Listen carefully: Among the gospel churches, Christ is now in fact little more than a beloved symbol. All hail the power of Jesus’ name is the church’s national anthem, and the cross is her official flag. But in the week-by-week services of the church, and the day by day conduct of the members, someone else, not Christ, makes the decisions.
Tozer continues, I believe Jesus Christ has been robbed of His authority in the homes today. To have authority means to have the right to rule, to take the rightful responsibility, power and ownership of ruling, and to give it to another person who
has authority to rule you 100 percent. We haven’t rejected Christ; we’ve just cordially reduced Him and robbed Him of the ownership He deserves within our individual lives.
No, we haven’t rejected Christ outright. Instead we have simply modified Him. When God’s Word gets too hard, we begin to modify and reinterpret those things as they best fit us, but He wants much more.
Authority is an issue that we shy away from. I’ve come to realize that the biggest reason why we do so is because we don’t understand it. Authority has two sides, power and responsibility. We focus on the power, and that’s why we run from it. If we really understood the responsibility that goes along with authority, hopefully we wouldn’t be so insistent on having thing our own way.
Jesus wants to be Lord of our life. One of the reasons why we may not give Jesus the lordship of our lives may be because we do not understand what lordship really means.
When we look at the days of dukes, lords, kings, and queens, we think of lordship in the thought of oppression. Lordship means something entirely different; it means that you have given Jesus Christ the authority to make the final decision. You have given your input in the decision making process, but you have given Jesus the responsibility to make the final call. It also means that if he makes a mistake, he pays, not you.
This is the same way that God intends marriages to work. As God is the head, so is the husband the head of his wife. He is not a lord with the power to oppress his wife and for her to “submit” to his every beck and call. The woman has as much right to express her feelings and opinions on decisions, but she gives him the responsibility to make the final call. Likewise, just as we give Jesus the final call, and if he makes a mistake he pays, so does the husband also pay when he makes the wrong call.
Jesus wants to be given ownership of our life. We recognize that he is the creator of all things, and since he created everything, he owns everything. However, we do not want him to have ownership of our life even though he created us as well. We don’t take life-changing decisions to God to guide our lives in the areas of marriage, careers, raising children, and the list goes on. We don’t include Him in our financial decisions to make sure He is leading us in major financial decisions that will have an impact upon our families for years and years to come. We don’t take our health issues to God until we are desperate. We don’t allow God to lead us when making spiritual decisions that will impact not only ourselves, but also our spouses and children, and fellow believers. We love that ‘“the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof” in order for God to meet our needs, but we don’t allow Him to be Lord of every detail of our lives.
One thing that we forget is that Jesus paid the price for our sin with his own blood. We are not our own, we were bought with his precious blood. If we were to give Jesus the ownership of our lives, he would care for us as only an owner can. My whole ambition is to reveal to you what a great relationship with Jesus is all about. It’s more than attending church, and if you miss attending church services because you’re too tired, or want to enjoy the pleasures of life than it doesn’t matter to you. It does matter to God and the relationship that could be yours.
When you really love someone you want to be with them all the time. You want to communicate with them. When you can’t be with them, or you don’t hear from them via Facebook, text, or phone call, your heart aches with loneliness. How do you think God feels when we don’t enter into a relationship where we have constant communication? How do you think God feels when we don’t reach out to Him? It’s like the lover who hasn’t heard from their loved one for a few hours and they wonder what’s wrong. We are not our own. We belong to Jesus, and we should fall in love with Him so that He knows how we really feel about Him.
Jesus wants to be given the authority, and responsibility to rule your life. We fail to realize that when we give Jesus the authority to rule our life, we are also giving him the responsibility to rule our life. When we make decisions, we never know during the decision if we are making a good or bad choice. When Jesus is given authority in our lives we can have assurance that the decisions he makes are always the right ones. The reason is because he has our best interests in mind. Jesus only wants what is best for us.
How do you think your life would be different if you gave Christ authority in your life? Jesus wants to be the Lord, and owner of your life. Can you give him his rightful authority over your life today?