Is He Really Your Lord?

Bill Brinkworth

Often in prayers or conversations, God is referred to as “Lord”. “I love you, Lord”; “Lord, we need your intervention in helping us out of this mess”; “Lord, I’ll do whatever you show me to do.”  If, however, the situation is followed up on, and the reactions observed of the one who requested of God, it may be wondered if God is really one’s “Lord”.

The title “Lord” implies that another is one’s master, a supreme being and absolute authority, or one’s ruler. If it is true that “Lord” has a Saxon definition meaning “sole bread giver”, then it also implies that the user of the address “Lord” is totally relying on God for all their provisions and needs to be met. When God is addressed as Lord, is He really all the title implies?

“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

“A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. 8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.” Malachi 1:6-8

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:22
“(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.” Romans 2:13

Calling God Lord does not necessarily make Him our Lord.  If we make God our Lord, it will be shown by our obedience and respect for Him. Is His Lordship in your life clearly exhibited in the way you live?  Is God truly your LORD?

“To live for self or live for God is the question we all face. How one’s life turns depends on how the question was answered!”


 This lesson was featured in The Bible View #337.

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