Last week I wrote about how many of us want the Savior part of Christ but not always the Lordship part. In other words, we want to benefits of spending eternity in Heaven but not the Lord-of-my-life on earth part: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-8n
And I left with you with the following questions: How do we get the Lord part as well as the Savior part? How do we know if God is Lord of our lives? Or to say it another way how do we become a Disciple?
As I have written about previously I attended and was student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Webster’s defines student as a person who is studying at a school or someone who is a learner.
I didn’t take school very seriously my first 2 years. So even though I was a student I was not a learner. To say it another way I made the decision to be a college student but didn’t make the decision to be a learner until my junior year.
In addition, my identity changed when I decided to become a student but my behavior didn’t truly change until I decided to become a learner. It was only then that my behavior and my perspective on life changed. It was only then that I started attending classes regularly, started seriously studying, started attending groups, etc.
I believe it is the same with Salvation and Lordship. Salvation is deciding that Jesus is our Savior and our identity immediately changes. Lordship is deciding to place Christ as Lord of our lives and requires complete surrender.
Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of service”
I didn’t make this second decision until after being a Christian for 15 years and the difference in my life the last 3 years versus the first 15 years has been amazing: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-7i. This is also the basis for the name of my blog “Decision to Disciple” which you can read more about here: http://wp.me/p1QSbw-46
So if we have decide we want to surrender and we want to be a Disciple what does that look like? What do we do? Stay tuned…..
In His Service,