Lord: (noun) someone or something having power, authority, or influence; a master or ruler
I had the privilege of counseling a young couple who chose life over abortion this past Saturday alongside an amazing sidewalk counselor, and our Cities4Life Volunteer Coordinator, Vicky. They came to the abortion center out of fear of what her parents would say if they found out she was pregnant again. The young lady shared that she was about 13 weeks pregnant, and neither she nor her boyfriend wanted to have an abortion, but the fear of rejection and scorn led them to the abortion clinic that day. After learning a little more about their situation, their obstacles, and talking through resources that could help them, Vicky was able to share The Gospel with them, and she said some things that challenged my walk with Jesus as well. She spoke with this young couple, both who said they were Christians, about what saying, “Jesus Is Lord” really means. We say it all the time, “Jesus is Lord of my Life”, we sing it in our worship services on Sunday mornings, and it’s on every Christian radio station. But do we really believe it? Do we live our lives like it is true?
Saying Jesus is Lord should be much more than just lip service. The Bible says in Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” There is a confession aspect to it, but if you just say it with your mouth and never apply it to your heart and your life, then is He really Lord? The definition of Lord above says that a Lord is someone who has power, authority or influence. So if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, the commands He gives in His word should have power and authority over your life. If Jesus is Lord and says bless those who persecute you, then you should. If Jesus is Lord and says you should love your neighbor as yourself, then you should. If Jesus says you shouldn’t murder, lust, commit adultery, or steal, then you shouldn’t do it. Right?
There are many commands that Jesus gives, but there are some that are harder to swallow than others, mostly because they make us particularly uncomfortable. This certain one I myself have a hard time with, “Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.’” Luke 9:23. Most of us here in America, are not really interested in denying ourselves anything, but more interested in what Jesus can do for me. But here we are specifically commanded to take up our cross DAILY.
What I see in our sidewalk counselors with Cities4Life challenges me to get uncomfortable! They are all willing to push aside the comfortable Christian life, and say Jesus is Lord of my life, therefore I will follow him no matter the cost, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me. They are willing to go to one of the darkest places in our city and shine the light of The Gospel, fulfilling the command to take up their cross, every day, and follow Jesus.
14 babies were saved last week, and we give God the glory for every one of those precious little lives. Who knows if they would have been saved if it wasn’t for someone standing and speaking up for the most innocent among us? If you are interested in getting uncomfortable, taking up your cross, and denying your flesh, contact us here to see how you can get involved!
Special Prayer Request: If you would, please pray for the couple mentioned above as we continue to minister to them and help them navigate through some tough situations.