…It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
– Colossians 3:24 NASB
Jesus Christ is “the Lord.” The word “Lord,” if it means anything at all, means authority. Therefore, when you call Jesus “Lord,” you are saying He has authority over you.
The alternative to authority is autonomy. To live autonomously is to live out from under authority – it is to be your own boss, to answer only to yourself.
The choice we have in life, and the choice we have each and every day of life is: authority or autonomy. How will we live today? Will we live it under the authority of Christ or will we live it autonomously? This is not about how we appear to others; it’s about how we think in our hearts, how we make decisions.
Today will either be a day of service to ourselves, our interests, our desires…or it will be a day of service to the Lord Jesus, His interests, His desires. The difference between living under His authority and living autonomously is simple, but it is very, very profound. Let’s make today count for Him.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, I want it to mean something when I call You that. Open my eyes to see how different will be my thoughts toward today when I think of living it under Your authority rather than living it autonomously. And then give me the strength to live it under Your authority…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.