1 Corinthians 10:31
So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Here’s the thing. Everything we do… and I mean everything… is either to God’s glory or it is not. Therein lies the crucial concept about what it means to call God/Jesus “Lord.” In order to live in this simplistic view of God, several elementary tenets must be present.
First, God is in control. This means in His sovereignty, God is in charge of everything. He allows evil to exist so that He can demonstrate His power to turn it into good. We can choose to do good, or not, but what happens as a result of our choices God is still in control… even if our actions were ill intentioned. For example, Joseph’s brother’s willfully chose to sell him into slavery in Egypt. But God… (don’t you love that phrase?)… but God took that evil action and turned it into good.
Second, because God is in control, He has absolute authority over my life. We should never doubt or question this authority. And, the absoluteness of God’s authority means His lordship transcends all other loyalties on our part. Yes we should be loyal to our parents, friends, nation… But God says we should love Him with all our heart… without any rival. In addition, this authority covers all areas of human life. Read the opening verse 1 Corinthians 10:31 again.
Third, when God takes you and me into His family, He fights for us, blesses us, loves us, and sometimes disciplines us for our sinfulness. But most importantly, God is present with us. Jesus was named Immanuel (God with us – Isaiah 7:14). Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, because we are His temple. (1 Corinthians 3:16)
Control, authority, covenant presence… these three tenets are the main biblical concepts that explain the meaning of God’s Lordship.
Tune in tomorrow for the meaning of “transcendence and immanence.”