Tuesday, June 09, 2009

In Other Words---I Call Him Lord

“We need to get to the point where we are tired of God just being a resident of our life
and make Him President of our life,
the Commander and Chief,
the One in charge.”

~ David Jeremiah

It is so easy for us to verbalize that God is leading our life, but then act as if we are the ones in control. I believe that the essence of this quote is that we need our words and our actions to line up. We need to surrender to God's control of our life. We need to follow him and him alone.

But I am hung up on the titles that Dr. Jeremiah attributes to God. President and Commander-in-Chief are titles that are given to someone elected to lead our country or a business for a specified period of time. In truth, I believe that is how we often treat God--as someone elected to lead for a specified period of time. We, by our actions, say "God why don't you make the decision of where I go to school, but I'll take over after that" or "God I'll let you choose my spouse but I'll choose how I submit" or "Thanks for providing the job, God, now I'll do the day-to-day." God never asked for only a specified part of my life. He asked for it all.

He didn't ask to be my President, he asked to be my Lord. The difference is subtle, but important. A review of definitions of both words show that they are both leaders over others. The difference is in where their authority lies. A president receives his or her authority by election or selection. A Lord receives authority by position, usually by birth. When I say that Jesus is Lord in my life I am acknowledging that he alone holds a place of power and leadership and that no one else can hold that power of position. It is not for a specified time; it is for eternity.

I agree with Dr. Jeremiah that I need to relinquish control of my life to my Saviour. I want to relinquish control as to my Lord forever and not just for a short period of time.

Karen at In Love W.I.T.H Jesus chose this challenging quote. Please visit to see what others are saying.


Debbie said...

Very interesting! That subtle difference does have great meaning though. I hadn't thought of that. Isn't it great that we can each look at a quote and come up with different takes on it?

But I think you make a very important point. I too want Him to be Lord of my life and not just President for a period of time.

I'm so glad you posted on this one today.

Denise said...

Such a nice post sweetie.

Lori said...

Amen. Loved reading about the sutle difference.