In the Lord of the Rings when Bilbo Baggins held in his hand the Ring that held great power, he wasn't willing to let go of it. Gandalf urged him to pass the ring on to Frodo. However, he just couldn't let go. He held it tightly in his hand. Gandalf warned him, and encouraged him to let go of it, and when Bilbo Baggins finally did he knew he was doing the right thing.
It is the same for us. We need to let go of the things that we hold onto so tightly, the things we trust in. By letting go of those things that we let control us, we instead can hand over control of our lives to the Lord.
It is hard to let go. No one says it will be easy. As the Rock comes close to ending the three week fast, we find that through fasting it is easier to let go of the things that at one time controlled us.
True Lordship requires us to completely let go and hand over control of our lives to the Lord. What exactly are we to let go of, and how can we continue to establish Lordship in our lives? In part III of the series, "Lord of the Things," Pastor Miles took us through five steps that lead us in the direction towards true Lordship in our lives.
Salvation by Faith
We cannot earn heaven. There is nothing we can do no matter how good it may seem to earn our place in heaven. Though we may know this to be true in our hearts, sometimes we still live our lives in such a way that we think we can earn heaven.
It is critical that we let go of this idea because if we don't it is as if we are saying we can do it on our own and we don't need God. Romans 3:23 states, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Therefore, the first step towards true Lordship is to let go and receive salvation by faith alone.
Ephesians 2:8-10 states, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Jesus is your Homeboy
Pastor Miles talked about the recent trend of t-shirts that say, "Jesus is my homeboy." It is cool to know that Jesus is that to us. He is our friend. He listens to our cries; He speaks to us through His word.
However, sometime in thinking that we lose sight of the fact that Jesus is our Lord. He did only what God can do. He forgave us of our sin.
We need to let go of the concept of Jesus as just a teacher, or just a friend, and instead believe that Jesus Christ is God Himself and the Lord of our lives.
Colossians 1:15 states, He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
The Pursuit of Holiness
We cannot settle for just going to church, or praying once in a while, or fasting only when the church does. We can't just settle for common religion. We must pursue holiness.
In Matthew 19, we see the rich young man's encounter with Jesus. He asked Jesus what must he do to have eternal life, to which Jesus replied that he must keep the commandments.
Matthew 19:20-26 goes on to say; The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
Eternal life begins with Lordship not death. Jesus put before the young man a seemingly impossible task. Some things seem impossible to us. We think how could we ever sacrifice some of our dearest possessions, or our precious time, or even our money? But God promises that when we allow Him to be the Lord of our lives these things are possible.
Time, Tithe, and Talent
There are 86, 400 seconds a day, 31, 536, 000 seconds a year, and 525, 600 minutes a year. That's a lot of time. However, when it comes to how we spend our time is our focus on God? Or are we focused on what we can accomplish for ourselves during that time. The time that we have is given to us by God; therefore, we must choose to honor Him in how we spend it.
The same is to be said for how we spend our money, and how we use our talents. We must let go of pursuing satisfaction from earthly riches and instead invest in the kingdom. If God were the Lord of our Things then we would not only devote our time unto Him, but also tithe faithfully, and use our talents for His glory.
Malachi 3:8-10 states, Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.
Also why not take the talents He has blessed us with and use them for His glory by serving in ministry? He blesses us with talents, so why not bless Him in return?
Our lives can be transformed when we are willing to change and allow God total control.
God Believes in You
The concept of Lordship may seem too hard to grasp or accomplish. It is therefore vital to remember that God believes in you and that all things are possible with the Lord. So let's go!