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When Jesus is “Lord,” he has complete control over us

Dead Men’s Bones
The Narrow Gate – Part 2

Scripture Reading: John 15:18-20

Key Verse: Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

We ended yesterday’s devotional with the fact that taking the narrow gate leads us to a narrow path.  In other words, when we chose to accept Jesus as our Savior, He soon wants to be our “Lord”!  The Apostle Peter challenges the believers with these words: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord” (1 Peter 3:15).  When someone is “Lord,” he has complete control over all who claim him as Lord.  Jesus must be in complete control of your life, not simply a Savior for your sins!  Earlier the Apostle Peter said, “…turn from evil and do good…Keep your tongue from evil!” (1 Peter 3:10-11).

After the Gospels, the balance of the New Testament is instructional.  In other words, the majority of the New Testament explains how to make Jesus Lord over our lives!  The apostles Paul, Peter and James are especially pointed in their directions for believers to live out.  As we read these books of the Bible, we see a pattern—a narrow path being described.  They are God’s Word to us, warning us not to abuse His grace given to all who believe!  The Apostle Paul summarizes it by saying, “Shall we go on sinning, since grace is abundant?  God forbid!” (Romans 6:1).

Father, I am so grateful for your mercy and grace given to me.  I will not abuse it, grieving your heart!  In Jesus’ name, amen.