Core to both Judaism and Christianity is a simple, but absolute, concept—”The Lord is Our God.” Yet, what might seem like an obvious statement for a disciple is frequently an unrealized practicality. Is the Lord truly your God or do you merely pay lip-service to the idea?
The difference between saying this statement and living this statement is the difference between life and death. Jesus stated, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matt. 7:21). This is a hard truth lost on many professed believers. This will be a devastating truth on the day of judgment for many as Jesus declares, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23).
Words of loyalty to the Lord are simply not enough. Those unwilling to do what THE WORD says declare that the Lord is not really their God. Jesus challenged His hearers, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46). How appropriate is this challenge today?
The apostle Thomas, once convinced beyond a doubt of Jesus’ identity, declared in the clearest of terms, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). This declaration is the essence of what it means to be a disciple. This is what it means to be “a Christ follower.” This is what it means to be a Christian. It is surrender. It is submission. It is obedience. I give Him my life, because He gave His life for me.
“Christian” is not merely a title one wears. It is a declaration of “not my will, but Yours.” It is an announcement of love for THE ONE who died for us, passionately realized with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength (cf. Mark 12:30). “The Lord is Our God” must become THE driving force in our lives.
You cannot embrace Jesus as Savior without also embracing Him as Lord. If you claim “the Lord as your God,” then live like “the Lord is your God!”