Scripture Reading: Romans 6:11-23
Memory Verse: “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple” Psalm 27:4
Christ is our Savior, but He is also Lord of our lives! Do our priorities and commitment to Him reflect Christ as Savior and Lord of our life? Many people may recognize Jesus Christ as the only Savior for the world; some may even accept Him as their personal Savior. This step is necessary to salvation and indeed, the only way! Receiving the justification of God through Christ is indeed a beautiful experience. Unfortunately, there are many who never go beyond this initial experience. Though believers in Christ have died to sin, sin is still a problem.
“If I decided to really turn my life over to God, what would this mean? Would God come in and completely reorganize the furniture in my life? Take out all the fun? Get on my case? A lot of us are afraid to take God seriously for fear of what this might mean.” (5: p. 52)
Babies are cuddly, cute, and exciting to be around. However, no parent would choose to not let his children become men and women. We should also recognize that even though it’s healthy to watch over new babes in Christ and feed them the milk of the Word, our goal should be that they would advance to a diet that includes meat.
“The capacity for Christ’s indwelling is elastic: it increases as the years go by. We are filled only to the amount of our capacity. There is always more of His fullness as the years unfold. For the greater the obedience, the greater the discipline, the greater the faith, the fuller and more complete the allegiance to our precious Lord.” (1: p. 61)
Being a slave in the ancient world meant being owned by a master. Whether slaves obeyed or not would not change their status as slaves. The question then becomes one of obligation. A person who has been freed from sin can continue to act as a slave to sin, or they can live as a slave to righteousness. Through living in faith and obedience in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, we can fully enjoy God’s free gift of eternal life. I’m not sure when it happens, it is usually a gradual process, but most Christians reach a place where they make their Savior also Master of their lives. Allowing or letting Christ be Lord of our lives is a huge commitment, but the benefits can also be awe-inspiring.
- When we accept Christ as our Savior are we immediately ready to serve Him? 1 Peter 2:2; Matthew 18:1-7, 10.
- Do we as babes do this alone? Hebrews 1:14; Hebrews 2:1-4; Ephesians 4:11-16.
- Why are we not to remain as babes forever? 1 Corinthians 3:1-4; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Peter 2:1-3.
Note: Children are gullible, vulnerable, and easily victimized. The church needs to work diligently at moving babes in Christ on to maturity.
- What do you think the difference is between Christ being our Savior and being our Lord? 1 John 4:12-16; John 4:42; Titus 1:4; 2 Peter 3:17-18.
Note: Savior means preserver; Lord, means master.
- Do you think it is possible to recognize or receive Christ as Savior, but not as Lord? 1 Corinthians 3:9-11.
- What are some key elements in allowing Christ to be Lord of our lives? Romans 6:11-19.
- What is God’s will concerning Christ as being master over all we do and say? Romans 12:1-2, 4-8.
- Besides “self,” what are other rights we can yield to Christ? Can you add to this list?
a) Clothes and Food – I Timothy 6:8
b) Money – I Timothy 6:9-10; Matthew 6:19-21
c) Music – Colossians 3:16-17
d) Future – Hebrews 12:1-2
e) Health – 3 John 1:2
- What is the benefit of making Christ our Savior and Lord? Psalm 27:1-14.