“Jesus is my Lord and Savior.”
How many times have you either heard or said this phrase? Probably more than once if you consider yourself to be a Christian. If not, perhaps you have heard someone say something along these lines if talking with or listening to someone that proclaims to be a Christian. If you are a Christian, you have also most likely read at least a couple of passages that refer to Jesus as a lord and a savior. For instance, 1 Timothy 1:15 states, “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” Another example would be Luke 2:11, which states, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” For many who already profess to be Christians, recognizing God as Lord and Savior, especially for those of us who have grown up in a church setting, has become somewhat of a normality. It does not always quite hold the same striking significance that it should, and I strongly feel that that is a subject that needs to be approached.
When initially looking at the phrase “Jesus is my Lord and Savior,” it appears to be rather simple, and for many Christians, including myself, it seems to roll off the tongue with great ease. In all honesty, I used to not even feel the need to give it a second thought when saying or hearing the phrase because it was just simply something that we all should believe as Christians. I find it quite funny that the words and phrases that are repeated around us most often are usually done so because they are seen as significant, yet through this process of reciting them over and over again, they sometimes seem to lose huge portions of their meaning. It is as if the fact that they have been repeated so often has slowly stripped them of their importance. A few years ago, I started to realize that I was not attaching the reverence deserved to the word “Lord” or to the word “Savior” when speaking about my Heavenly Father. It had become something mundane, rather than something fulfilling and miraculous. Have you ever truly sat down to think about what it means when you tell others that Jesus is both your Lord and your Savior? Have you ever truly sat down to think about the significance at all?
As I stated earlier, this phrase that I am speaking of is something that I have always said and believed ever since I was a little child, and I’m sure the same goes for many of you that also grew up in a church setting, therefore it is something that I have not always truly given much thought to as it comes out of my mouth. I know that this does not necessarily go for everybody, but I am assuming that I cannot be the only one that said those exact words for many years without truly taking a step back to think about what exactly I was repeating. Personally, there was a time in my life when I simply turned this phrase into mere words, and by doing so I did myself a great disservice. I continuously failed to realize the promise that I had been making to God by repeating these words. It simply became something that I said and believed merely because I called myself a Christian. It was as if I had become numb to this phrase, and its meaning slipped out of my reach until it was simply just letters that formed words that were important because I felt that people should believe them. I always knew that these words were true, but my mistake was that I had failed to look beyond the surface level of the phrase. There was absolutely no depth backing up what I was repeating at all. Now, I am not trying to say that there was no depth in the sense that I had no relationship with God, for my relationship with God has been a stronghold in my life ever since I was a very young girl. What I mean by the lack of depth is that I didn’t quite understand everything that calling Jesus my Lord and Savior entailed.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to fully recognize the complete meaning of acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Savior, which is so crazy considering how many times I have both heard and said those words (or at least something along the same lines) throughout my lifetime. I always believed what I was saying wholeheartedly, but what I was failing to do was understand the promise that I was making to God by reciting these words. It’s truly such a beautiful phrase when looking at the entirety of what it means, and to lose some of that beauty honestly seems like a crime of some sort. It’s so sad to think that there is so much magnificence within these few simple words that has been lost for so many along the way, including myself. Within my own mind I had failed to attach a special reverence and significance to go along with the words “Jesus is my Lord and Savior” time and time again.
When I truly decided to take a step back and examine the phrase that I say with such ease so often, I was struck by two major things.
I am much better at focusing on God as my Savior than I am at revering Him as my Lord. A savior is someone that rescues us when we are in danger. A savior is someone that sends help in times of trouble. A savior is someone that freely gives help to us in order to bring us out of harm’s way. A lord, however, is someone that holds authority over us. A lord is someone that has influence over our actions and decisions. A lord is someone that we place above ourselves, and we adhere to what they have to say, as well as obey their wishes. A savior is somebody that is usually received in times of trouble, whereas a lord is somebody that is received regardless of the circumstances.
I know that I can’t speak for everybody, but for me, personally, it seems to be rather easy to acknowledge God as my Savior, yet then conveniently forget that He is also my Lord. I accept the fact that He rescued me from the grip of sin and death with open arms, but I am not always quite as eager to let go of some of my own ideas, passions, and desires in order to fully align with God’s plan. I had to start asking myself a very important question as I began to come to terms with all of this: Who am I to receive God’s beautiful grace and mercy, yet reject His omnipotence and authority? When we accept God as the one true Savior, He automatically becomes our Lord, just as when we accept God as the one true Lord, He automatically becomes our Savior. There is no having one without the other, but I feel that this is something that is often overlooked by many Christians. We want to reap the blessings of the Lord, but we fall short when it comes to adhering to His instruction, and this definitely includes myself as well.
As I stated earlier, I did not fully grasp that I am making a promise to God each time I call out to Him by these names. Firstly, I am promising that I fully understand and acknowledge the sacrifice that He made for me and all of His children at the cross. Secondly, I am promising Him that I not only understand that I am a sinner who needs saving, but that I am a sinner who will now serve Him as the one and only Lord of my life. This means that I cannot merely do as I wish, but I must take into account what God desires for my life. By calling Him Lord, I am surrendering my everything to Him. This means that in both good times and bad times, I am promising to faithfully serve Him, thank Him, and praise Him all the days of my life.
I must say that realizing the promises that lie behind the words that I use to call out to my God was a truly sobering experience, especially because it was something that I had so often overlooked for a large period of my life, despite growing up in an environment where I was almost completely surrounded by God. My hope and prayer is that there will be no one else that fails to fully grasp the true importance of proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior as I did for so long. I had simply failed to realize the true depth that stands behind these names that I use to identify the one that is my Heavenly Father.
I must say that I was a little reluctant to put up this blog post for a while because I was struggling to find the right words to use, and I am always a little nervous that I may come across as if I’m preaching at people, so if I have done so, please know that that has not my intention. My hope and prayer is for all of you that read my blog to know that each time I write something, I am not only writing it for others to read, but I am writing it for myself as well. Each word that I write encompasses something that I too am learning and processing. I am fully aware that I am only an 18 year old girl that still has much to learn. The thoughts that I have expressed throughout this blog post have been bouncing around in my head quite a bit lately, and I finally felt the urge to put it all into words. I truly hope this resonated with at least one of you reading this, for it was truly impactful in my own life when I began to continuously strive to hold tightly to the significance of having a Heavenly Father that yearns to be a loving and merciful Lord and Savior. With that being said, I will let this post come to a close. 🙂