Last week, we engaged ourselves in a discussion from the perspective of Jesus being Savior and Lord. We discussed the saving work of Jesus at Calvary, and how this singular act of love redeemed us (believers) and restored our relationship with God. For many as we noted, the work of Jesus as Savior has been sufficient for our personal needs and wants.
For some it looked like this; “I needed to be saved. Thank You, Jesus, I’ll let you know if I need anything else from You. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my life, until it’s time for me to go to Heaven.” However, God is calling us to more. In our text last week, we referenced the reaction of Thomas once Jesus proved He rose from the grave, as He said He would. It was after this confirmation, the Bible records the immediate words of Thomas, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Those are the exact words God is expecting from those who have been redeemed by the cross. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me; now for the rest of my life, I will gladly serve You as my Lord; as the ruler of my life. As the example of my life. As the guide of my life. As the one who made living eternally in heaven possible for me. It is one thing to see him as Savior, but an entirely different commitment to serve him as Lord. Until we grasp this reality, our lives never will measure up to the expectations of God; when He tells us to be holy because He is holy. We will never be the place where God intends for the Holy Spirit to live. We will remain captivated by the delights of the world and neglect our charge to be salt and light to a dark and lost world.
It was the proclamation of Thomas that changed everything for him, and the same will happen to us, when we too embrace Jesus as Lord, and dedicate ourselves to follow Him; all the way into the throne room of God, where we will spend eternity.