So many times we hear a so-called gospel invitation at our local churches as “come accept Jesus into your life, have a relationship with God, just let him into your heart, etc.” but there is no mention of him being LORD of your life. Now, it is true we do enjoy a relationship with Christ but is that what it really means to be a Christian? Do we accept Jesus as just a mere friend to us but when he doesn’t perform the way we want him to we just let him go? I mean, Judas had a relationship with Jesus; Satan also had some kind of relationship with Jesus which wasn’t a very good one. But scripture says that his true friends are those who do what he says. (John 15:14)
Also, as Christians we don’t make Jesus Lord; He is Lord whether you choose to accept or reject him. But when we acknowledge before God that we yield to his Lordship we are basically surrendering our lives completely, totally and unconditionally to him. We abandon ourselves, die to ourselves, and allow God to truly be Lord of our life. Two Greek words are used in the New Testament to translate the word Lord, kyrios which speaks of someone who has power, ownership, and unquestionable right to command, and despotes which describes a ruler who has absolute power over his subjects.
With that being said, wherever there is a kyrios or despotes there was a doulos. Doulos is the Greek word for slave. Unfortunately slave has been translated in most of our bibles as servant or bond servant to tone down the implication of it especially due to the terrible history of slavery around the world. But this is the truth of God’s word. Coming to Christ means we become slaves to Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness. (Romans 6:18) But the beauty of this is that we are not just slaves but we are also called friends of God as it is expressed in John 15:14-15. We spend time with him and open our hearts to him. Likewise, he opens his heart to us, loves us, listens to us, comforts us, etc.
Probably if you came to Jesus with some sort of feel good, health and wealth, prosperity gospel then you might be reading this and thinking to yourself “if that is true then I want nothing to do with Jesus”; “I don’t want to be a slave!” Well, that is exactly why Jesus said “enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:14-15) A gospel that does not acknowledge the Lordship of Christ over your life, repentance, brokenness over your sin, complete and total surrender of your will to his, is an inadequate gospel and you will never truly be able to comprehend the love, grace and mercy that is found in Christ alone when you surrender your life to him.