But God- It's Not up to You!

Greetings,

The following question is one that is often asked and one which causes many Christians much consternation. "How can I make sure Jesus is Lord of my life?" Allow me to respond and then unwrap both the question and the answer.

Jesus being Lord of your life is not up to you! He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. That is an eternal reality. It is not up for debate and no one can affect His being Lord. I don't need acknowledge or submit to it. It is true.

But God Image_Color_CrossLet's talk a bit about the question. The question often reveals that I and my behavior are my primary focus rather than Jesus and His performance. Now wait just a darned minute- that isn't what I meant by my question.

Let me then respond to what I think is usually meant by the question. I want to use 1 Peter 3:15- 'But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence'.

One way I view this instruction is to defer to Him in my thought life. To give Him last word as to the truth of who He is, who I am, and my circumstances. As an example; Say I have been negligent in my relationship with Him lately, or I have intentionally been doing my own thing. I am forgetting He is the lover of my soul. I am forgetting I am a saint, and I'm forgetting I am forgiven. My feelings are questioning my sincerity and maybe even my salvation. Then He reminds me I am His. I then submit to His Lordship by talking back to my emotions with the truth of my Lord. I can have the same response when others are rejecting me. I can share Him and His truth with others when they are impressed by the peace I have in the midst of difficult circumstances.

This liberating that Jesus is already Lord of my life frees me of trying to accomplish something I can't. I get to simply acknowledge and rest in the truth that He is Lord. Otherwise, I'll always be wondering how I'm doing at making Him Lord of my life and from my view it'll never be quite good enough. Even when it is, my focus will be on me. I know I enjoy life more when my focus is on Him and Who He is and what He has done.

Thank you Jesus that you are my Lord. Amen.

Please keep those questions coming!

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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