The Lordship Factor

The Lordship Factor
Society has so conditioned us to look out for our rights that we think that we deserve to have everything we want, we can do anything we want, and it’s our privilege to “look out for #1, no matter what the consequences or cost to others.

This is a subtle (or not-so-subtle) lie from Satan. A lie that even a lot of Christians have accepted. So many people don’t realize that the fact of the matter is that we are all slaves to something. Jesus said in John 8:34, “…I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”

In Romans chapter 6, Paul explains this whole concept. In verse 19, he says, “Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin. Now, you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.”

Wow! This verse is so full of truth and understanding and so multi-faceted that we could talk about it for days, and only scratch the surface.

Let’s look at a few of these “facets” now.
1) First, I think it’s clear in this verse that we will always be a slave to one or the other – sin or righteous living (God).
2) Second, notice the difference in the wording of the choice. Do you see the difference between “you let yourselves be slaves to impurity…” and “you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living…”?
I don’t think many people think, “Okay, I’m going to serve sin now.” It just “happens” unless, through our Master’s sacrifice and provision, we make the intentional, deliberate choice to “give ourselves” to be slaves of righteousness. If we don’t give ourselves to be slaves of righteousness, we will be slaves of sin.
3) The third thing here is the product – the end result of our servitude.
“You let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness – which led you ever deeper into sin.”
versus
“You must give yourselves to be slaves of righteous living – so that you will become holy.”
If you have a hard time deciding which you want to serve, think about what you want the product of your life to be and choose the choice that produces that product. But, also understand that “not making a choice right now”, IS still making a choice to be a slave to sin.
Paul goes on to explain these “products” or consequences in verses 20-23.

So, the bottom line is:
slave to sin = death, eternal death, separation from God
slave to God = life, eternal life WITH God.

Now that we see that we are slave to either sin or God, let’s look at two different types of masters.

We all know the horrors a slave could face when purchased by a “bad” master. The beatings, the brutality, the humiliation, the suffering, even death in serving a cruel master is the perfect picture of being a servant, a slave, to sin.

We’ve also heard of “kind” “good” masters, who truly cared for their slaves, who included them as “family”. In these situations, a lot of times when the slave was “freed”, he would decide to stay on as a servant of choice.

The type of master a slave had would, ultimately determine their motivation for service.

The brutal task-master would acquire servitude through invoking fear in his slave. The sad thing is that there are Christians who view God as this type of task-master.
Fear is a poor motivator. It often produces faulty quality in the job done. Some Christians work fearfully, thinking that God is watching, whip in hand, ready to beat them at any time.

We are to respect and appropriately understand the power He has, but we also need to see Him as the kind, good task-master who dearly loves us.

When we see Him in this light, service becomes something we want to do our best at, seeking His approval of the tasks we complete, not to earn His love, but because of His love.

Imagine with me for a minute…

You are standing on an auction block, a slave waiting to be bid on. You look out into the crowd, but no one will make eye contact with you.

People start the bidding. One dollar, $1.25…surely you’re worth more than that…$1.50…you look again at these people…they’re staring at you, but still will not make eye contact.

You then hear the auctioneer’s gavel pound to close the sale. $1.50 – that’s all your life is worth to this person who “won the bid”. The value of your life plummets in your own mind, thus, eventually affecting the quality of work you feel you are capable of providing.

But wait…what’s that? There’s a man coming towards you, is he the man that purchased you for $1.50? No, you didn’t see this man in the crowd before. This man is making eye contact with you…

Coming closer now, this man takes your face in his hands and whispers, “You’re worth much more than $1.50 to me.”

He hands the auctioneer $1,000,000 and walks away with you, amid protests from the angry “winner” of the auction.

You now, immediately purpose in your heart to serve this master wholeheartedly, absolutely offering your best to him in everything he asks of you.

Don’t you see? That’s what Christ has done for each of us. Only He didn’t pay $1,000,000 for us.

That would have been easy for Him.

This is the price He paid for you.
He gave up all of heaven, left it to come to this fallen world as a baby, to experience all we’d have to
He was falsely accused, arrested, tried, and deemed guilty
He was brutally beaten, beyond recognition
He was mocked, humiliated and berated
He was cruelly nailed to a cross – a brutal torture device
He gave His last breath – for you.

In all of this He is gently taking your face in His hands, lovingly looking you in the eye and saying,
“To me, you are worth more than the sin that wants to own you.
“To me, you are worth this…” He says as He points to the cross, to the scars in His hands and His feet. The wounds that belong to me.
“To me, you are worth this…” He says as He shows you the whiplashes, bruises and gashes from the cat of nine tails that He was beaten with.
“To me, you are worth this…” He says as He shows me His victorious exit from the tomb that could not hold Him.
“To me, you are worth it all!”

Now, the real question is…

“Why, when He paid so great a price to purchase us, do we choose to serve the auction bidder that felt we were only worth $1.50?”

We must intentionally and deliberately purpose in our hearts, get it through our minds and understand that we were bought at a HIGH cost…and live like it!

We must:
Set aside time to get alone with God – just God, you, your Bible and prayer journal.
Make every choice based on God’s Word, not what we want or think we need.
Share with others what Christ has done for them – what they are worth to Him.
Stay away from the things that diminish our purity. (Would you take a Porsche and load it with manure?)
Maintain fellowship with other believers for accountability, encouragement and edification.
Teach ALL OF THIS to our children.

– Beth Fisher, April 14, 2010

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8 Comments »

  1. Victoria Jennings Said:

    I really appericate how you explain this scripture.It is good to be reminded how important it is to live as grateful and obedient slaves to Christ.Thank you Beth for helping me learn the Word correctly.I Love You!

  2. Clare Speer Said:

    We are so so worthy in Jesus’ eyes! Thanks for this wonderful post! Inspiring!

  3. VERY complicated – yet very simple

  4. Confessions1rst Said:

    Oh thank you for sharing this! It’s a beautiful testimony of His love and His work in our lives. He is a good Master, His burden is easy and His yoke is light! Submitting to Him brings us much more freedom than we’ve ever known.

    • bessfisher Said:

      Much more freedom, yes, to not have to give in to our desires! Focusing on Who He is, and what pleases Him is the best way to live a life that honors Him.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  5. Vickie Brady Said:

    Thanks Beth, for a beautiful reminder of how simple it really is. And thank you for being obedient to our Master and allowing Him to use you to strengthen and encourage others.

  6. Tammy Said:

    Love the way you broke the scripture down and explained it so well. Does leave one to think “hummm”

  7. Jennifer @ A Divine Encounter Said:

    I appreciate the wisdom of this perspective. I have some family members who are heavily involved in addiction to drugs, and I just recently remarked to my husband how obvious it is (through spiritual eyes) that we humans are compelled to enslavement. As much as we talk about independence and self-sufficiency, we’re all bound toward some type of servitude – we can choose to serve some appetite of our flesh or we can choose to serve “the God of all flesh” (Jeremiah 32:27). Thank you for pointing out this truth for us!


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