Many times, people who are not christians view our loyalty to Christ as bondage. Because they view christianity as a list of rules and dos and don’ts that we have to follow but that is not it at all. I know that for me I feel more freedom because of Christ. My life was in bondage before I gave my life over to Him. I always felt there were things I had to live up to, and/or things in my past that I would worry what people would think of me if they had known. My heart is in bondage to Christ now but that bondage gives me the freedom to be who I am, who He has made me to be.
Recognizing God as Adonai means that I give it all over to Him, my direction, my family, my friends and my life. It means that I recognize His authority over my life and I desire to do His will and to submit to His direction. If I feel the Lord is giving me a task, I know that He will see me through to complete that task. He has me, He bought me with a price and the least I can do is submit to His will and His way for my life.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, fo you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
When I became a christian I became His. Now I can promise you I did not always live that way. There were things in my life for many many years that I wanted to do my own way. But as I’ve grown and come to know Him more and more it is much easier to submit to the things He wants me to do. I find that when I submit to Him, even though a job, or a calling He may give me seems huge and much more beyond myself that He will walk with me though that job or calling and it somehow ends up not being near as big in reality as I made it in my mind.
To recognize Jesus as Lord of your life is to give it all to Him. It’s not just to say it. It is to have the desire to live the way He intends for us to live. Sometimes people will call Him Lord yet they do not completely believe it or at least they are not living it. But He knows it, whether everyone around us know it or not.
“Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46
I want to be careful to always be authentic and real in my walk with Christ. He is the Lord of my life and I want to live for Him and I want Him to direct my steps and to help me though every single day.
The truth and the heart of the matter is that whether people acknowledge Jesus as Lord right now one day everyone will acknowledge Him as Lord.
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
I for one have discovered that making Him Lord of my life now is the much better way to go than to wait on the rest of the world. What does that mean to me? It means that I ask Him for my next step when I don’t know where to turn. It means that I daily spend time with Him and learn from Him and ask Him to show me His will and His way for my life. It means that I hand my heart, my hurts, my joys and my victories over to Him so that He can heal and so that He can rejoice and be glorified when it is right. It means my cry of my heart is:
“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord (Adonai), I have no good apart from you.’” Psalm 16:1-2