It is a Saturday morning and I am contemplating writing this article when I get two phone calls from men I have come to know in the last couple years. Both men have lived at "The Carpenter's Shop (TCS)", the housing portion of KBPA. Both men struggled at TCS and both were terminated for not adhering to or following the Covenant Agreement that they had agreed to and signed. Both men were eventually sent back to prison. They have since completed their sentences and have been released and have moved to different states.
What I have observed in these two men, in others, and even in myself, is the desire for a Savior, but not a Lord. Jesus is a Lord and Savior, and we call Him that, but do we really understand the meaning of these two terms as it relates to Jesus?
Savior: "A person who helps people achieve salvation or saves them from something."
When we find ourselves in a spot where we can not fix it ourselves we will accept help from others. We want to be saved and this is good because without a sense of hopelessness, we would never seek God (Jesus).
But how many want a Lord?
Lord: "A person who has authority, control, or power over others, a master, chief, or ruler."
In both these men, they are reaching out because they wanted help. But in each, I also see that they want control they just can't quite surrender.
Are we all like this to some degree? I know I am. To have a Lord means I need to take the position as a slave and to be obedient. Jesus said, "If you love me keep my commandments." We need to be obedient to all His commandments, not just the ones that are convenient. We love Jesus because He first loved us. He lived, died, and rose again so He could be our Savior and have salvation through Him.
Do I, do we, respond by obeying Jesus as our Lord? Jesus Is Lord because He has all authority. Matthew 28:18 "Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go"
"Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither." C. S. Lewis
Jeff Haverhals - Co-director
When God calls, we need to answer.