The Lordship of God
In our modern age, it’s hard for many to grasp the concept of lordship. When we hear or read the scriptures dealing with belief and salvation, the concept of lordship tends to slip off to the side. But believing in Jesus Christ, the Father, and the Holy Spirit must come with Lordship because that is a crucial part of who God is. He is Lord. If you do not embrace the Lordship of God, then you believe in a god of your own making; a god who you demand serves you rather than you serving God.
It is common to hear people talk of tragic or horrible events with a condemnation of God. The scenario often goes like this:
A woman has a young child who is killed in a tragic accident. She then exclaims that she could never believe in a God who would allow this to happen to her son. She uses this horrible tragedy to justify her refusal to have God as her Lord. Her own words will condemn her at Judgment Day. Only those who embrace God as their Lord will ever enter the Kingdom of God. Grief is no excuse for rebellion against the Lordship of God.
Let’s take this a step further to include perhaps millions who condemn God for the tragedies of life and reject His Lordship. The millions of people killed in earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, and hurricanes over the centuries. How many condemned God for these tragedies?
The millions of people killed in plagues throughout the centuries; how many condemned God for these tragedies?
The horrible wars that killed tens of millions throughout the centuries; how many condemned God for these tragedies?
Let’s not stop there. Those tragedies can be thought of as the normal flow of weather, the shifting of the earth, and the evils of politics. Let’s take a look at God’s direct and declared hand in history.
When the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt, God tasked them with completely destroying the people who lived in the land God promised to Abraham. They were to spare no one. They were commanded to slaughter every man, woman, and child. How many look at this directive and condemn God for this work of His doing?
That was nothing compared to the worldwide flood that perhaps killed upwards of a billion men, women, and children. How many look at this directive and condemn God for this work of His doing?
Now, after bringing these things to light there are still those things in your life which might include a tragic death of a loved one, a horrible injury or disease, or even losing a job and one’s home. How many condemn God for these tragic circumstances?
All who condemn God in these areas refuse the Lordship of God. They put themselves in a place where they stand in judgment upon God Himself. In reality they will be judged and found unable to enter the Kingdom of God. Only those who worship God as Lord will enter the Kingdom of God. All others will be cast away as far from God as the east is from the west. They will be eternally separated in the Lake of Fire.
But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here is why:
If you study the Bible – God’s Word, you will find that the more you study it, the more you begin to see the remarkable work of God through all the tragedies of mankind. It becomes clearer and clearer – the wonderful love of God and His extreme longsuffering toward man’s sinful rebellion. I could tell you a whole lot more about that, but that would be too much my own words. It is God’s word that is enlightening and transforming. If you don’t study God’s word, you will never know this. You will most likely live in ignorance and with an attitude of judgment toward God.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that by keeping yourself from the truth, by avoiding God’s word, that you will be provided an acceptable defense at The Judgment. Ignorance will never be an excuse. In fact, ignorance will actually be one of the things that condemn you.
Look what Jesus said to those Jews who were attempting to use ignorance as their excuse. Jesus used the Queen of Sheba as an example of one who traveled nearly a thousand dangerous miles to seek the truth from Solomon. And for us, the one who is greater than Solomon (Jesus) is readily accessible through the Bible.
The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Matthew 12:42
What God has done for you and all of mankind is beyond human description. God’s Word is not of human origin. It is of spiritual essence and works in combination with God’s daily work in your life. To deny the Lordship of God is to deny His work and His Word. Nevertheless, even the most rebellious sinners will end up bowing to Him at the judgment and declaring Him as Lord. They will acknowledge that His judgment of eternal damnation is just. They will finally and definitively see the absolute reality that God is Lord no matter what they might have previously thought. But it doesn’t have to end that way for you or anyone still living.
Satan rejected God’s Lordship and is already condemned. He will spend eternity in the Lake of Fire. He wants you to follow his course and be there with him throughout all eternity. This isn’t a scare tactic. It’s reality. Accepting the Lordship of God means to stop fighting against God who is constantly working to bring you into his wonderful Kingdom. Your free will allows you to fight against God’s work; allows you to reject His Lordship; allows you to take a course away from the Lord of the Universe; allows you to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire.
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31
This is not just an intellectual belief in Jesus, for even the devils believe and tremble.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. James 2:19
He must be your Lord. The Lord Jesus Christ.
You don’t have to travel a thousand miles to find the truth. Don’t let ignorance draw you into Hell. Read the Bible, asking God to open your eyes to see, your ears to hear, and your heart to perceive all He has for you.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32