Giving up the rights to control our lives is tough, but worth it. Jesus opens the way to an ongoing relationship with the Father.
30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD [why do we try?].
Meeting Jesus is special and different for everyone. I don’t think it’s what we say as much as the intent of our hearts that matters. Jesus just wants to be in us and with us. At the same time, I think that we would do well to consider who He is and what it means to have Jesus Christ in our lives. A great place to start is with Colossians 2:6-7,
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live your lives in him,
7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness.
The phrase, “ask Jesus into our hearts,” is a bit incomplete. Paul, in this verse, gives us a more apt phrase, “receive Christ Jesus as Lord.” We receive Christ (Savior) Jesus (Yeshua) into our lives as Lord (God of the universe and King of our lives). This phrase leaves no wiggle room for having Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord. It’s not just a matter of “getting Jesus.” It’s a matter of Lordship.
It can be argued that one can get salvation without lordship, but one cannot have lordship without getting salvation. In my person opinion, salvation without lordship is a misnomer. Salvation IS lordship. When Jesus comes into our lives, He is Lord. It’s who He is. Get ready for a make-over deluxe!
If we are not interested in Him transforming our lives into His image, then we’d better do some serious soul-searching. Is He Lord? Is He present at all? I don’t preach apostasy (being able to become “unsaved”); I lean toward hypocrisy:
19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 1 John 2:19
What does it take to be a Christian? The anointing of the Holy Spirit,
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.
The truth is that we know intuitively through the Spirit what is right. Whether we do it or not depends upon our willingness to trust Him. If there is no desire to do things His way, then I would suspect that there is no Spirit present. The fight inside is PROOF that His Spirit resides in us.
If we look at the end of Colossians 2:7, we find these words, “overflowing with thankfulness.” Those who have Christ Jesus as their Lord are overflowing with thankfulness. I know I am!
Abba, I am thankful for Your Plan to save me and to make it so I could be adopted into Your family. Having Jesus as Lord of my life is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am SO grateful for the anointing of the Spirit. I’ll never get over being grateful! Amen.