By Greg Johnson
A new friend of mine recently asked me to spend some time with him and help him learn to follow Jesus more passionately. I get excited about that kind of stuff, so I gave him an emphatic “absolutely!” We met where most conversations that lead to revival take place: Chili’s. Over a bowl of Chicken Enchilada soup, I listened as he told me his story. He alluded to a very sordid past that, while he wasn’t specific, seemed to indicate he might have deserved some jail time. And after trusting Jesus as Savior several years back, he went through a painful divorce that rocked his world. However, he recently married a Godly woman who has brought into sharp focus his need to understand a walk with Jesus more so he can lead his family well.
As I listened, he kept using the word “Savior” to describe Jesus, which is certainly true. He said more than once, “I just want to serve my Savior well.” But his heart was crying out, “There has to be more to it than this.” He was desperate to connect the spiritual dots in his life, but there was a disconnect that he couldn’t put his finger on.
This is a systemic problem, born and bred in today’s version of Christianity. We have gotten people hyper-focused on Jesus as “Savior” but forgotten that he also needs to be Lord. As a result, we have a ton of “Christians” sitting just across the line of faith, still confused, wondering if this is all there is. I get it – I used to ask the same question as a Christ follower. While Jesus was my Savior, he wasn’t my Lord, meaning he had secured a spot for me in heaven, but wasn’t changing the way I lived daily. I was living a powerless existence. The God of the universe – the creator of it all – was supposedly living in me, but I had no power in my life. There weren’t signs of his presence, nothing unexplainable. Paul talks about it in 2 Timothy –
“…having a form of godliness, but denying his power.”
If that describes you, if you can relate, then admit with me that it doesn’t make much sense at all. Here is the point: If Jesus is Savior without being Lord, we are restricting his power only to save us from eternal damnation (dramatic pause), but not to change the way we live our lives in the mean-time. I mean, if everything in your life can be rationalized, explained or reasoned away, if there is nothing in your life that is impossible apart from God’s intervention, then you’re probably not living the way God intended. If the One who spoke the galaxies into being lives inside you, how in the world could your life be described as anything but supernatural? It comes down to who controls of your life: It’s either you or God. And unless you possess some superhuman, hulk-like power comic book characters are made of, the power for a supernatural life is only available in one place. (hint: it’s not about you.)
I hope this sparks an interest in you to pursue the power that’s available. I know it’s there, because it resides in every person who has trusted Jesus as Savior. 2 Peter 1:3 says,
“His divine POWER has given us everything we need for a Godly life.”
EVERYTHING we need is available through HIS power. This is pretty macro, but I will be getting more detailed in future posts.
Think about this in your own life: Do you find yourself existing wondering if there’s more? Is there anything in your life that would be considered supernatural or unexplainable? Respond here on the blog page and let’s discuss.