Lord and Saviour
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1 Peter 3:13–17 ‘But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.’ (v15)

The distinction is sometimes made between Jesus being Saviour and Jesus being Lord. We might distinguish between those who’ve asked Jesus to save them from their sins and those who have made Him Lord of their lives. There may well be some truth in such a distinction, but there is also some confusion over what the lordship of Jesus means.

It is not helped of course by the fact that the word ‘Lord’ in the UK is a title given to a few who have earned or inherited it. As far as Jesus is concerned, there is an invitation for us to join Him in an extraordinary adventure. When we acknowledge that our own life is heading for death and that a self-focussed life has no value to anyone, including us, then we can put our hands into His, knowing that it is the very best place we could put them.

Doesn’t He, after all, promise us life in all its fullness (John 10:10)?! Of course, as we look to His leading we will know forgiveness of sins, peace with God and His presence with us by His Spirit. So, His saving work and His leading work are more closely linked than many would think. In practice, making Jesus Lord means submitting all aspects of our lives to Him. Where His Word is clear on the matter we seek to obey, and if it’s not clear we look to Him for wisdom, trusting that He will give it to us. That sounds like an excellent way to live, doesn’t it?


A Prayer To Make:
‘Please help me to put You first in all I do. Amen.’

An Action To Take:
Look to Jesus for insight and wisdom for the actions that you intend to take.

Scripture To Consider:
Deut. 28:1–14; Ps. 46; Matt. 28:19–20; 1 Pet. 1:1–2

Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.