What is the Biggest Word in the Bible?
There are big words in the Bible that let us know of their importance by how many times these are mentioned. Of all these, the biggest is the word “Lord”.
But the word Lord is not just big by how many times it is mentioned in the Bible; we know that it is big by the way Jesus Christ requires careful consideration in the use of this word.
1. Read verse 46 of Luke 6, and then verse 47. What does Jesus expect of those who call Him Lord?
Why do you call me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.
Immediately prior to saying these words, Jesus talked about how a persons heart results in fruit consistent with it: good man, good fruit; evil man, evil things. In the same way, Jesus expects consistency from those who profess to being His followers: we hear His words — we put them into practice. This implies that we cannot call Him Lord if we don’t do what He says, because perhaps it means we have not truly made Him Lord of our lives.
Christ’s Lordship in our lives goes deeper than what our mouth utters. This should be obvious, shouldn’t it? But the fact that Jesus had to point it out tells us that we who call Him Lord can have problems with that.
2. How important is it to take serious consideration of Jesus warnings to those who call Him Lord? Read Matthew 7:21-23.
“Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”
3.We have often heard it said, If Christ is not Lord of all, then He is not Lord at all. What do you think that means? What does it mean to you personally?
4.Indeed, if we don’t let Jesus take precedence in every aspect of our lives, then maybe we have not enthroned Him in our lives as Lord. If the lordship of Christ cannot begin on our lips, where should it?See 1 Peter 3:15a.
5.How seriously Jesus described this situation calls us to take a good look at our hearts. Peter encourages believers to live in a way that honors Christ. Where to start: Christ’s Lordship in our lives begins where it should: in our hearts, not on our lips. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.” (1 Pet. 3:15a)
Take this moment to examine yourself: Have I enthroned Christ as Lord of all of me?
- Have I yielded the control of my life to Him who owns me twice over – first as my Creator, and then as my Redeemer?
- If you have not truly invited Him to be Lord of your life, ask Him now. Your life are in the best hands under His rule.
- If you have asked Jesus to be your Lord once before, then affirm this to Him and to yourself in prayer. Repent of the ways you have kept aspects of yourself from His lordship, or attempted to retake the reins from Him. Reflect on why you might have kept these areas of your life from Jesus, and remember that He is wise and loving in all His ways. He does not seek your harm, but your good. Surrender these areas of your life to His rule.
- At the start of every day, remember to revere Christ as Lord in your heart. As you submit to His Lordship, remember that you are taking the posture of a servant. In everything you do and say this day, do so as a servant, obeying and honoring Jesus your Lord.
Lord Jesus, I am Your servant. My life belongs to You. Help me to live each moment at Your bidding, so that I could do the Fathers will and be part in fulfilling His purposes for His Kingdom. It is my hearts desire to please and honor You. Amen.