Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart on believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
There are two parts to this but sadly only one is ever emphasized and that is Salvation; we tend to leave out the Lord part for one reason or another. I’m not sure you can have one without the other. We can’t have Jesus as our Savior without Him being our Lord, without us being a slave to Him.
A slave to Him. I’m sure that doesn’t sound like anything someone would volunteer to do or be but it is required. We are expected to be a slave to Jesus if we expect Him to be our Savior.
All through the years there have been slaves. We see it with Moses freeing the Israelites (God’s people) from Pharaoh. It is even around in today’s world in some countries and cultures. When we hear the word slave those are the thoughts and images that come to mind and rightly so, it’s the only ones most of us know about. Truth is that isn’t the only type of slave; there was another, a bond servant. In Biblical times, people could volunteer to be or remain a slave. Sometimes they’d volunteer to be a bond servant if the person was forgiven of a debt they could never have repaid. We see in Exodus 21:5-6 “If the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.” This was not an uncommon thing back then and is exactly what Paul was talking about in his letter to the Romans.
Jesus paid a debt that we could never pay. Jesus became the perfect sacrifice that would cleanse us and put us in right standing with God. Jesus did His part, it is up to us to do ours. Our part is to accept His Sacrifice for our sins and to accept Him as Lord of our life. Our life no longer belongs to us but to Him. He becomes our Master, He becomes our Lord.
The Lord part isn’t an easy thing to sell to people and I think that’s why we overlook or skip over it most of the time. It’s easier to just get people to accept the Salvation part because nothing really has to change. In order to have Jesus as our Lord, everything in our lives must be reevaluated. Everything from the people we hang around with, the places we go, the music we listen to and the stuff we allow ourselves to watch. My mentor JJ Ramirez refers to it as radical obedience.
Some believe it “to the extreme” and I would say that they are correct. It is extreme but not nearly as extreme as what Jesus did to offer us the option. Jesus came to this earth to save us. He lived 33 ½ years as a man who committed no sin. He was arrested for crimes He didn’t commit and brutally beaten for them. He was then condemned to die on a cross with other sinners even though He was not one. He was buried in a tomb and had guards placed outside to make sure He stayed there. On the third day, He overcame hell and the grave and rose again. I would have to say that that is extreme and for that He deserves the honor, respect and Lordship that comes with it.
To truly follow Christ is not an easy task and a road most unfortunately refuse to walk. As stated in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”. If you’re looking for easy, truly following Jesus isn’t easy. Jesus tells us it will be difficult. If you’re following the masses then you’re probably heading in the wrong direction and Jesus isn’t Lord in your life.
Who are you following? If the person or people you are following do not line up with God’s Word then you need to change direction.