Too many Christians do not know what the Lordship of Jesus Christ really means and how important it is to be in subjection to Him. He is Lord! And your life and well-being depends on your submission to His Lordship. You are not your own, for you were bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:19-20). Jesus Christ bought you with His shed blood. You no longer belong to yourself! You are His! You belong to Him body, soul, and spirit! Your life, at best, will be in shambles until you realize that and submit to Him completely. Your submission to the Lord will be your covering, your defense and protection – a wall of fire about you. It will also open the door to the treasures of heaven for you.
Divine order becomes very important where submission to the Lord is concerned. The Lord is Spirit. He is not in bodily form as He was in the Gospel days of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, thus the need for discernment and revelation. The presence of the Lord is coming forth within His many-membered Body. He comes forth in some as an apostle, in some as a prophet, in some as a pastor, or as some other ministry. So, you see, it is necessary to be subject to Him where He is found.
In John 14:6 Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father except through Me.” That is divine order. Then Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us” (John 14:8). In other words, “Where is the Father that we might submit to Him?” Jesus answered, “Philip, have you been so long with Me, and yet you do not know Me? If you have seen Me you have seen the Father” (John 14:9). God the Father was in Him. So it was necessary to be aware of that and to submit to Him there. The same principle is true today. It is necessary to submit to the Lord where He is found.
Some would say, “Well, I’m not going to submit to a man.” No? You will either submit to the Lord in a person or you won’t submit to Him at all. Let me tell you a very important principle. Your submission to Him in someone else determines your submission to Him directly. Your relationship to the Lord in someone else determines your relationship with Him directly. To the sheep-Christians in Matthew 25 Jesus said, “When I was hungry you fed Me. When I was thirsty you gave Me drink. When I was a stranger you took Me in. When I was naked you clothed Me. When I was sick or in prison you visited Me.” The sheep-Christians answered, “Lord, when did we see You that way and ministered to You?” And Jesus said, “When you did it unto the least of these My brethren, you did it unto Me.” The goat-Christians, on the other hand, didn’t do those things and Jesus said, “Inasmuch as you didn’t do it to the least of these My brethren, you didn’t do it unto Me.” Then He added, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.” Christians, how you relate to one another is important. It determines your relationship with the Lord.
Copyright © 2006 by Henry DuBose