Lessons from Luke

Making Jesus Lord over your life means that you have come to believe that Jesus is worthy of your trust in all decisions of life

Making Jesus Lord Part I

Key Verse: Luke 5:12c

“Lord, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”

Additional Reading: Luke 5:12-16

The one phrase in Luke 5:12c, has changed the way I asked the Lord for help. Look at a few of the lessons taught in this interaction Jesus had with a man who had an advanced case of leprosy.

First lesson: the man called Jesus “Lord”. Use of this title revealed this man’s heart toward Jesus. There were so many times Jesus taught that He came to be Lord in our lives. We will eventually get to Luke 9, in these Lessons from Luke. A quick preview fits into this story, for Jesus clearly taught about His Lordship: “Then He said to the crowd “if any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23 NLT).

Making Jesus Lord over your life, means that you have come to believe that Jesus is worthy of your trust in all decisions of life. This man with leprosy came to Jesus and called Him “Lord” because he had first concluded that Jesus was worthy of his trust.

Second lesson: ask for help with a deep sense that there is nothing too hard for Jesus to do in your life. Take note of the confidence this man had in Jesus: “Lord… you can heal me… !” Faith in Jesus was and will always be the key factor in getting help from God. Can you say you know that God, in Jesus’s Name, can provide for you exactly what you need? Is your perspective of God big enough to include: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength”? (Philippians 4:13). The importance of faith is clear in the Apostle Paul’s words: “And it is impossible to please God without faith… ” (Hebrews 11:6). Jesus was clear, we don’t need to have a massive amount of faith, but simply a tiny bit of “pure” belief in God’s ability to do for us what we are asking. Jesus said, in Matthew 17:20, “… Truly I tell you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to here, and it will move. Nothing will be impossible to you.”

To me, this statement from Jesus tells me that we may have some lingering doubts but if, in our minds, there is a tiny part of complete faith in God that is enough to get His help.

Finally, we come to the critical third lesson: what is God’s perfect plan for our lives? Once we join God’s family, by inviting Jesus to come into our lives, we have the privilege to have a plan for the rest of our lives. This plan is perfect and brings about the best possible life in this world, from God’s perspective. If you accept this and trust it, then why would you ever want your way above God’s way? Once you can say, and truly mean, I want God’s plan for my life, then your requests to Him will always include these words, “not my will but your will be done”. Look at the first phrase this leper said to Jesus: “Lord, if you are willing… ”, that was the key to this request.

For those who were raised in the church, you undoubtedly listened to the story of “Shadrack, Meshack, and Abednego”. When they were about to be thrown into the furnace for praying to their God, they proclaimed this third lesson we are talking about: “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if He doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the god statue you have set up” (Daniel 3:17-18). Tomorrow’s devotion continues this story and how it fits into our lives.

Father, I want you to be Lord over my Life, In Jesus’s Name, amen!”

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