“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.…But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
How are our personal lives becoming synchronized with the will of God? Because the flip side of our being His slave is that He is our Master and Lord. In the New Testament, we find that Jesus is spoken of as “Saviour” about 24 times; however, He is described as “Lord” over 600 times. Saving is what He does and Lord is who He is. In other words, when Jesus comes into our lives, He comes in to be Lord.
If a person comes up to Jesus and says, “I want You to serve me. I want You to forgive me and get rid of my sins. I want You to take me to heaven when I die, but I do not want You to tell me what to do and how to live,” that person receives from the Lord Jesus Christ nothing. We know this because we find an example of this in Scripture.
The Gospel of Mark records Jesus’s encounter with a rich young ruler. Mark tells us, “As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to Him and fell on his knees before Him. ‘Good Teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ ‘Why do you call Me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honour your father and mother.’ ‘Teacher,’ he declared, ‘all these I have kept since I was a boy.’ Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ He said. ‘Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.’ At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth” (Mark 10:17-22).
Why did Jesus pick on the man’s money? Is it because it is wrong to be rich or to have possessions? Of course not, but the Bible does warn, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24). One thing we know about that man was that all he was interested in was a selfish interest. He was looking for a way to inherit eternal life without realizing the only way to have eternal life is through a relationship with Jesus Christ who not only becomes his Saviour but also his Lord.
Are we seeking Jesus for His salvation without submitting to His Lordship? Are there other masters in our lives keeping Jesus from being our Lord?
Dear Jesus, You are the Lord and Saviour of my life. Thank You that I can have eternal life through a relationship with You. Praise You!