Now that you have received eternal life, Jesus wants to guide you daily in your new spiritual adventure. It is important to realize that He should do more than just reside in your life. He should be the Lord of all of your life.
Confessing Jesus as the Lord of your life means that you trust Him to direct your life. Trusting Jesus to direct your life is similar to driving down the highway with another person. While you are driving, you are in control of the vehicle. But, when you realize that you do not know the right way to go and the other person does, you allow the other person to take control of the vehicle. As a result, you take the route he or she chooses. Trusting Jesus is like saying to Him: “You direct my life and I will go with You!” A life directed by Jesus in this way will be spiritually fruitful and filled with joy (read John 15:4).
1. Jesus Christ is Lord.
Jesus claimed to be our Lord in John 13:13. What did He say?
How did Thomas describe Jesus in John 20:28?
Look up the following verses and discover what is missing in the following verses.
(1) The Lord of _______________ (1 Corinthians 2:8).
(2) The Lord of _______________ (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
(3) Only _____________________________, The King of _______________ and
Lord of _______________ (1 Timothy 6:15).
2. Jesus Christ Has Earned the Right to Direct Your Life.
Read Philippians 2:8-11 and notice the missing words. “He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God has also highly _____________________ Him, and _______________ Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of _______________ every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that _______________ __________________ is ____________, to the glory of God the Father.”
Paul, in the book of Philippians, understood that Jesus was worthy to direct his life.
What did Paul challenge other believers to do with their lives in Romans 12:1-2?
3. Jesus Christ Desires to Direct Your Life.
His direction can be experienced on a daily basis as you:
(1) Recognize daily His right to direct your life (read Luke 9:23).
(2) Confess your sins consistently and accept His promise of forgiveness
(1 John 1:9)
(3) Trust Him completely as you allow Him to direct your:
- Time (read Ephesians 5:15-16)
- Money (read 1 Corinthians 16:2)
- Abilities (read Colossians 3:17)
- Relationships (read Matthew 22:34-40)
- Mind (read Romans 12:1-2)
- Ambitions (read Matthew 6:33)
- Morality (read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
What areas in your life need to be placed under the direction of Jesus? Using the example below, on a separate sheet of paper, list these areas and allow Jesus to begin to direct each area now.
- Time ______________________________________________________
- Money _____________________________________________________
- Abilities ____________________________________________________
- Relationships _______________________________________________
- Mind ______________________________________________________
- Ambitions __________________________________________________
- Morality ____________________________________________________
Jesus Christ is _______
Jesus Christ has __________________________________ to direct your life
Jesus Christ Desires to ______________________________
CONGRATULATIONS! Now that you have completed the seven beginning steps, continue your walk with the Lord for the rest of your life. Be sure to renew your commitment daily to allow Jesus to direct your life in order to experience the abundant life He promises.
- Spend time in prayer and Bible study daily
- Be faithful in Bible study and worship at church
- Serve the Lord with gladness
- Be a good manager of your possessions
- Share Christ with others
For the next steps, click here and listen to each podcast under Forward Steps for Spiritual Growth. There is a study guide you can print and follow for each principle.
I would love to hear of your progress. Email me at Tom@tomsavage.us