One of the most amazing things about the Lordship of Jesus is that he never insists on being our Master. He does not cajole, nor does he force his Mastership onto us. Obedience to Jesus as our Lord is essential for a disciple but it is not compulsory. Being a disciple is being set free, set free from our ownership of ourselves to obey our Master – Jesus.
We need to work our mind around this fact – obedience to Jesus is not demanded, not does Jesus insist that he becomes Lord of our life. Obedience to Jesus is totally different to our world understanding of Lordship. When one enters the armed services a raw recruit is cajoled and bullied to obey those in authority over him. Not so with Jesus. Today we do not spend enough time 'brooding' over this fact for Jesus says If you love me, you will obey what I command. That is the end of it. No fuss, no demanding intimidation or 'sergeant-major' attitude. A take it or leave it statement.
If you will be my disciples you will need to enthrone me as master of your life, but the choice is yours to make. I have saved you by my sovereign grace, now it is up to you as to whether you will follow me and accept me as Lord, for once putting your hand to the plough there is no turning back. Jesus the scriptures tells us set his face steadfastly towards Jerusalem and his death and many of his disciples fell by the way side, for they chose not to walk with him to his death.
You cannot call yourself a disciple of Jesus if you have chosen not to obey him. Obedience not in spiritual things, but he is to be master of our tongue, hands feet, our possessions, relationships etc. – Jesus must be, for us to be his disciple, a master of our human rights. The choice is ours.
A disciple is not above his master; for the life of the historical Jesus is to be our pattern. As we read the gospels we observe that Jesus was not his own. Jesus was not the master of his life, for he had come to do the will of the Father. He said that the words he spoke where is fathers and the actions that he performed where Gods actions. We read that the historical Jesus was perfected as a human being by obedience for the work of redemption, the work his Father called him to do. If I call myself a disciple of Jesus I must not count it strange if Gods providence is perfecting me through the circumstances that I find myself in. Obey his word and do the thing that lies closest to your hand.
Obedience is undergirded by our love for Jesus, for our mastership by Jesus is motivated by our love towards him. When we have been cleansed by the precious blood of the lamb the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. Now why do we think that spiritual love is any different from Eros love? For a marriage to grow and mature, the love for each other must be 'worked at.' So to in the spiritual realm. The love of God that has been given to us we must take, in a sense of holy awe and fear and work this gift of love into our soul, mind, spirit and conciseness. For each disciple this will be different, but work out what God has placed within; we must do by sacrificial worship. As we do we will taken up into Gods consciousness and lost in his love. In this position in the heavenly realms where Christ is, obedience becomes second nature
We need to remember that being a disciple is not my consciousness of Jesus, but Jesus' consciousness of us. This is the understanding of Jesus words when he pointed to the lilies of the field as he and disciples walked by – 'consider the lilies.'
Today we are apt to be either the master of our ship or have handed over the tiller to someone other than our Creator. Can we truly say 'Jesus is my master for I am his?' We need to give up any notion of our rights to ourselves and enthrone Jesus as our Master, for until we do, Jesus will never master us.
What a wonderful freedom to invite Jesus to be our master, for whatever happens to us, it is my masters problem not mine.
We need not look any further than 1 Samuel 8 to see that it is indeed possible to reject God as our king. That's exactly what Israel did when they demanded that Samuel give them a king. Though Samuel was very upset, God told him to grant their request and then told Samuel they were not rejecting Samuel... they were rejecting God.
In order to truly be a "subject" in our heart and mind as well as our bodies, we must voluntarily pledge ourselves to a ruling power. This is true of the natural and I believe it is also true of the spiritual.
I would be a fool to say I understand the providential nature of God in this world. I do know that I am not required to ascertain everything I do with the Lord. I don't ask the Lord if I should brush my teeth or take a bath. I don't ask the Lord what I will fix to eat. I don't ask the Lord if I should go to this store or another store if I need something. When I found myself afoot I prayed God would find me a dependable vehicle that I could afford, then I went looking and found a small pickup that was dependable and that I could afford. I give God the credit for that. This morning I was in the kitchen fixing coffee and I thought, "Why is God so good to me, when I am so undeserving?" Do I have a comfortable life because I planned ahead and worked to achieve it? I can say emphatically that is not the case. It is purely the grace of God. So, do I make Jesus Lord of my life? Jesus said, "all authority in heaven and earth has been given unto me." I take that literally. I acknowledge Jesus as Lord but He is Lord whether I concede the point or not. You can fight His Lordship and try to flee, I did that, like Jonah. But he will come and get you and you will lose. David didn't ask to be King over Israel, God made him King.
[quote]One of the most amazing things about the Lordship of Jesus is that he never insists on being our Master. He does not cajole, nor does he force his Mastership onto us. Obedience to Jesus as our Lord is essential for a disciple but it is not compulsory. Being a disciple is being set free, set free from our ownership of ourselves to obey our Master – Jesus.[/quote]
[q]He does not cajole, nor does he force his Mastership onto us.[/q]
What a wonderful Savior we serve! Knowing all that He does of each of our lives, yet... as you wrote... never forcing "his Mastership onto us." Powerful content you've written, wmj!
Do you make your children mind?
A question has come to my mind as I have been thinking about this blog and reading the comments:
Is a child who does something because they have been forced to do so and/or fear punishment being obedient or are they merely yielding because of coercion? Is there a difference? In other words, is [b][i]true[/i][/b] obedience defined by what we do or by the attitude of our heart? Is it possible to do all that is asked of us by God and yet still be disobedient because we are doing it out of fear of punishment?
Fearing God is not sin. Disobedience is.