Jesus is Lord
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. (Philippians 3:8)
I’m sure you have heard or said the phrase, "Jesus is Lord.” Maybe you have even seen it on a billboard, a t-shirt, or a banner somewhere. Although many say this phrase, not many prove it by their lives.
Lord means Master. It describes someone who is in charge of your decisions and your direction. When you submit yourself to a Master, you dedicate your life to following that person without pause or question.
Paul explained to the church in Philippi that, although he had a life that many could only dream of, he had willingly given up his stature, his influence, his connections, and his position to follow Christ. You may think that Paul was sad about the loss of such a lifestyle.
However, Paul’s response was exactly the opposite. He didn’t express sorrow or regret about his decision to give it all up for Jesus. Instead, he said he realized that it was all dung compared to knowing and following Jesus.
Paul was willing to give up his life to gain a much better one by following Christ. What are you willing to give up to make Jesus your Lord? Your reputation? Your friendships? Your financial status? Your boyfriend/girlfriend?
In comparison to what it means to know Jesus, every accomplishment or accolade we can gain in this world is just dung.
Practical Application – Ask God if there is anything that you need to give up that is keeping you from fully following Him. Decide to live your life in a way that displays Jesus is Lord.
Matthew 16:26; Luke 9:25