Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee would bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Far too many people have removed Jesus from the throne of their lives. Oh, they love Jesus. Yes, they proclaim the name of Jesus. They pray to Jesus and even serve Jesus. But they see Jesus more as their colleague than the conquering King. They view Him as someone who is pretty much on equal footing with them as they live out their faith. They seem to believe that they can ignore and even criticize some of the demands Jesus makes on those who are His.
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: Jesus is not our colleague. He is our Christ – the Anointed One who is the Ancient of Days, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End of all things. Perhaps you have seen the bumper sticker that reads, “Jesus is my co-pilot.” That may sound nice, but Jesus is not our “co”-anything. He is Jesus Christ the Lord, and we must relate to Him as Lord over every aspect of our lives, even those aspects that are not currently measuring up to our current aspirations.
I’m sure that many readers are thinking, “That’s certainly not me!” Are you sure? You know that you see Jesus more as a “colleague” than the Christ when you confine Him to certain areas of your life and do not invite Him into the entirety of your life. On the other hand, when we surrender all of our lives to Jesus and give Him rule and reign over every area, then Jesus truly is our Christ, not our colleague. And that is where Jesus belongs, seated on the throne of our lives, as we surrender everything we are and everything we have to Him. We give Jesus our time, our talent, and our treasure. We give Him our dreams and our desires. We give Him our goals and our glories. It has been well said that “Unless Jesus is Lord of all, He is not Lord at all.”
So how is it with you? Have you brought every area of your life under the sovereign rule and reign of Jesus? Remember, Jesus will tolerate no rival. There is only room for One to sit upon the throne of your life, and His name is Jesus the Christ, not Jesus the colleague.
One final point: When the issue of “Lordship” is settled in our lives, every other issue is settled too, because we give Jesus the last word regarding everything. For as the great Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper once said, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!'”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!