Jesus Is Lord!
Almighty God, You call and send, You challenge and support, You guide and sustain. May I honor You in all things.
Read Acts 17:1-15
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“Why do you keep on saying that I am your Lord, when you refuse to do what I say?” (Luke 6:46, CEV). That’s telling it plainly!
The message that “there is another king, one called Jesus” (7) challenges authority establishments today just as it did in Thessalonica: the refusal of some employers to allow workers to wear a cross while on duty; the rejection by new atheists of any creationist view as unscientific; the dismissal of all absolute claims in postmodern academia; the marginalization of religious values in taking and evaluating political decisions. All these cases illustrate how Jesus’ unique claims get under the skin of the brokers of today’s power structures.
Of course, Paul’s preaching in the synagogues of Thessalonica and Berea was an exposition of Scripture, not a political manifesto (2,3,11), but it had clear implications for the religious authority of the rabbis and the secular authority of the emperor. The early Christians affirmed their creed, “Jesus is Lord,” in every area of life. Our challenge in the twenty-first century is to submit every thought, every activity to the Lordship of Jesus. Perhaps too often we echo the credo of the founder of a well-known fast-food franchise who is alleged to have said, “I believe in God, the family and McDonalds, but in the office the order is reversed!”
It is relatively easy in church on Sunday to say “Jesus is Lord.” On Monday among colleagues at work or with friends in the neighborhood it’s not so simple. Paul’s primary means of witnessing to Jesus in Thessalonica and Berea was to share the message of the Scriptures. And for us also, regular Scripture engagement is critical. The Willow Creek Church, after researching spiritual growth in 1,000 churches across America, concluded, “The Bible’s power to advance spiritual growth is unrivaled by anything else we discovered. Reflection on Scripture is by far the most influential spiritual practice” (Greg L. Hawkins and Cally Parkinson).
Having reflected on today’s passage, what do you need to yield to Lordship of Christ? Pray about it now.
Lord, I love Your Word. May its message engage me and motivate me to share the Good News with others.