Submitting to the Lordship of Jesus
Jesus gave a riveting teaching concerning the care of God during His sermon on the mount.
In Matthew 6:25-33 Jesus encourages the Jewish listeners to abandon all anxiety, to throw there cares into the hands of their loving Abba. Jesus tells us not to be continually worried about our lives, for how can worry add anything to our lives. He points to the birds and reasons with us that they do not store up food, nor do they plant, and yet our Father cares for them, feeding them. He then speaks very tenderly of us, "Are you not of more value than they?" (Matt 6:26). Christ then points to the flowers and reasons that they are decked out in splendor and glory, yet they will fade away and vanish. If God clothes these flowers with such beauty even though their glory quickly fades won't He clothe you and I. Jesus closes by encouraging all of us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all else will be added to us.
To submit to the Lordship of Jesus means submitting to His gentle and loving care. We are to become as wee children, wide-eyed and trusting, gazing upwards in admiration at the Father who delights in clothing us, feeding us, and nurturing us. To seek the kingdom of God means to seek the rule and reign of God. That rule and reign is not expressed in tyrannical fits of control, but rather are demonstrated in selfless acts of pure love and affection.
If the concept of Jesus as Lord means to you that God has dominance over your being, or if it primarily sums up your constant focus on white knuckling your sin then my friend you are simply mistaken. The Lordship of our Jesus and Father are expressed in acts of committed and devoted tenderness. To allow Him Lordship in your life means humbling yourself, recognizing your weakness, and choosing to depend upon the Fatherly care of God.
We will be celebrating the resurrection of our mighty King and gracious God soon, and I think it appropriate to consider what it means to allow God to reign in our lives. I submit that it does not mean cowering before Him, spit shining our lives in order to stay His wrathful hand, or beating our flesh into a useless pulp. Truly submitting to His Lordship is far more demanding than any of that carnal nonsense. To submit to our Lord as Lord, requires the humility, vulnerability, and trust of a child. The Pharisees could beat themselves into holiness, so what? Even Buddhists practice fierce asceticism, who cares? We are the righteous, and we thus live by faith! We live by our brazen confidence in His grace, flinging our entire being upon the mercy and love found in His cross.
To submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ means trusting Him to take care of you. To clothe you, feed you, and nurture you. It is for this simple and all too easily forgotten purpose that He took on our humanity and suffered so horribly for us. Today I choose to humble my proud heart, to trust with whatever I can muster, and to submit to His Fatherly care and affection. I invite you to join me!