Relevant: Who's Your Boss?

Sermon Summary

This message deals with what it means to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and then begin the life-long process of allowing Him to be Lord of your life! Eternal Salvation for your soul happens when you admit you've done wrong, believe that Jesus died on the cross in order to offer you forgiveness, and then you invite Him into your heart and life by calling on His name. Soul salvation is a one and done, but allowing Jesus to be the Lord of our life is a daily decision. Allowing Jesus to be be the boss of our daily decisions is vital if we are to live victoriously! The reason: Jesus not only wants to save your soul for eternity, He also wants to save your life here on this earth one day at a time.

Community Group Discussion Guide

1. When we ask Jesus to become our Savior He says yes and promises to never, ever, leave us! So once He becomes our Savior He never stops being our Savior. However, allowing Jesus to be the Lord of our life, our decisions, our attitudes, our goals, our priorities and our actions, well that is a daily decision. Why is His Savior position unchanging, but His Lordship position subject to change?

2. And now a related question. Why is it so hard for us to allow Jesus to be the boss of our daily lives? This is not a hard question, but it is not easy to answer it honestly.

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

Prov 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Prov 3:6  in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Prov 3:7  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.

3. Okay, now we're going to get really relevant and practical. Why does it matter whether or not we allow Jesus to be the boss? If we are saved for eternity why does it matter how we live our lives in this world? Jesus gives us an answer. Read it and discuss why this is so relevant and practical.

Luke 6:47  I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.
Luke 6:48  He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
Luke 6:49  But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."

4. Eight statements at the end of this sermon were made based on the opening remarks of a sermon Jesus preached. I will list them here, followed by the verses they are based on. Pick one or more and share your thoughts on their relevance. 

People who realize their spiritual poverty understand their need for Jesus to be Lord of their life!

Mat 5:3  "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

People who mourn find comfort because they trust Jesus to be Lord of their circumstances!

Mat 5:4  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

People who are meek find their strength in allowing Jesus to be Lord of their life!

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

People who hunger and thirst for righteousness desire for Jesus to be their Lord, therefore they are filled with His righteousness!

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

People who give mercy understand what it means to receive mercy!

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Allowing Jesus to be your Lord on a daily basis purifies your heart and helps you see the things of God!

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

It's hard to be a peacemaker if Jesus is not the Lord of your temperament!

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

When Jesus is Lord of your life, there may be persecution because you march to the beat of a different drummer!

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Full Sermon Notes
I'm so thankful to know everyday that my God literally walks with me because His precious Holy Spirit dwells within me! I can't over emphasize what this means. The Holy Spirit is a constant reminder of God's love for us, His forgiveness, His protection, His strength, His guidance and His desire to reveal to us His wisdom through His Word. Over the coming weeks we're going to discover just how relevant God's Word is to our daily lives. Let's pray and ask God's Holy Spirit to lead us on this journey of discovery!

"Father God, I ask You to allow Your Holy Spirit to speak to our hearts and minds today and help us to understand just how practical and relevant Your Word is to our lives. I know the subject of today's message has been misunderstood by so many. I humbly ask You to speak through me as I seek to explain a very important and relevant topic that every follower of Christ needs to know! Thank you for becoming my Savior those many years ago when I admitted I was a sinner and needed a Savior. You came into my heart and life when I believed and accepted Your sacrifice on the Cross was for my sin. I'll never forget the night I first committed my life to You. My heart was changed forever! And now I want to allow You to continue changing my life by allowing You to be my Lord each and every day! I love You Lord, and I pray this prayer in Your beautiful name Jesus!! Amen!

Relevant
I read the Bible and study the Bible because it is Relevant. It is relevant to my eternity, and it is relevant to my everyday life. It is relevant to my marriage, my job, my parenting, my friendships, my finances, my lifestyle choices, my everything! The title of today's message is "Who's Your Boss!" You may have immediately thought about your work boss, and thought "boy this is going to be relevant. But I'm not going to talk about your employer. Others may jokingly call your spouse your boss, I'm sure not going there. lol. I'm going to talk to you about allowing Jesus Christ to be your boss by allowing Him to be Lord of your life! As a part of that discussion, I need to clear up some misunderstandings. A few facts: The word Savior appears in the NIV version of the Bible 55 times in 55 verses. The word Lord appears in the NIV version of the Bible 7484 times in 6459 verses. That's total uses of the word Lord and not always talking about God. Verses that have both Lord and Savior in the same sentence, 22.

When a person is confronted with the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, they have a decision to make. They can decide to accept Jesus as their Savior, they can decide to reject His offer to save them, or they can decide to wait and decide later. When a person decides to accept Jesus as their Savior, they are immediately forgiven of their sins, past, present, and future. The punishment we deserved is taken by Jesus once and for all! This was prophesied by the prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament, Isaiah 53:5

Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

And here's a beautiful truth…Jesus doesn't have to die over and over again for our sins and we don't have to ask Him to be our Savior over and over again. The writer of the book of Hebrews put it this way in 7:24-27…

Hebrews 7:24-27 but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.

And then we find these powerful words in Paul's letter to Titus, chapter 3:3-8

Titus 3:3-8 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

God wants those of us who have trusted in Him as Savior to devote ourselves to doing what is good, but not in order to earn our salvation, but because we've been saved. Salvation is a one and done!! When a person admits they've sinned, believes Jesus died for their sins and calls on Jesus to forgive their sins, Jesus becomes their Savior. Done!! At the moment of Salvation a person admits they need Jesus to change them from the inside out and at that moment they give Him permission to enter their life and begin the life-long transforming work of salvation. At the moment of salvation an individual repents, turning away from the sin that has been in control of their life, and gives Jesus permission to become their new boss. This doesn't mean that person is now perfect and will never sin again. This doesn't mean that person will no longer struggle with sin or temptation, but it does mean they've begun a new life with new possibilities and new powers they never had before. Some people refuse to come to Jesus because they have things in their life they don't think they can just walk away from or overcome.

Here's what I tell folks like that: Come to Jesus just like you are, sin and all, secrets and all, garbage and all, temptations and all, struggles and all, and ask Jesus to help you begin the process of allowing Him to become the new director of your life. I promise you He's the kind of boss you've always wanted. He's not always an easy boss, but He's a boss who is always thinking about what's best for you, your future, your family, your life! He's a boss who literally gave everything He had for you! He died for you so you could inherit eternal life. He died for you so you could live this life in victory. When He ask you to do something it's for your own good, and when He asks you to get rid of something, it's for your own good!

And when you don't follow His instructions, He doesn't get mad at you and fire you. He doesn't revoke your salvation! But He may ask you why you aren't following His instructions, because He knows what will happen if you go back to your old ways and the destruction that will come into your life. Life in this world is not easy, but it can be very fulfilling when we allow Jesus to not only be our Savior, but we allow Him to become our Lord on a daily basis. Remember, He's already saved your soul for eternity, but now He wants to save your life one day at a time.

Once Jesus becomes your Savior, He's your Savior, but letting Him become your Lord is a daily decision and sometimes more than once a day! The word Lord had many meanings in the New Testament days. It was sometimes used as a word of respect for someone in authority. It was used of political rulers and in reference to pagan gods. It was also used to translate the Hebrew name for God, Yahweh. But it had special meaning to Christ followers. Listen to what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 8:5-6...

1 Corinthians 8:5-6 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

This is a powerful statement. All things come from the one true God for whom we live, and it's through one Lord, Jesus Christ through whom all things come and through whom we live! Let me put it this way: If you have allowed Jesus to be your Savior, the way to live for Jesus is to allow Him to be your boss! Your Lord!
And now I can share with you what Jesus said about this towards the end of the sermon on the mount. The Twelve disciples along with a large crowd of His other disciples, as well as people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon had gathered to hear Him speak and to be healed of their diseases, including spiritual issues.  

Jesus preached quite a sermon which was extremely relevant to their lives, as well as ours. But let's listen to the very ending of the message in Luke 6:46...

Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

The conclusion to Jesus' sermon was about as practical and relevant as it gets. He ask the question, why do you say I'm your boss, your Lord, but you do not follow my instructions. You don't do what I say. Someone might ask the question, "What difference does it make? If Jesus is my Savior and I'm going to heaven when I die, does it really matter how I live my life here?" Well, let me let Jesus answer that question for you as He concludes His sermon...

Luke 6:47-49 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Did you notice the big obvious thing in this passage? Jesus didn't say if the torrent strikes but when the torrent strikes. He didn't say the one who listens to His words and does them will never face a flood, a storm, a torrent, a tragedy, a struggle, a sickness, or any of the issues that come with living in this fallen world. But He did say that those who practice His words will stand!

You might remember these words from Jesus to His disciples...

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

The secret power of surviving the storms of this life depends on your answer to the question, who's your boss? Allowing Jesus to be the boss of your life on a daily basis and in every aspect of your life is critical if you are going to be victorious in facing life's battles, and we all face them. The question is whether or not you will make decisions based on the words and teachings of Christ or whether or not you will ignore them and do your own thing. Let me say this. When we come to the Cross of Christ and are confronted with the sacrifice of Jesus on that Cross, if we accept His sacrifice on our behalf and ask Him to be our Savior He gladly forgives us and receives us into His family. But the Cross is not only for our Salvation and Jesus doesn't only want to be our Savior, He wants to be our Lord. The Cross is portable and should be carried in our hearts as a reminder of His sacrifice, but also as a reminder that He earned the right to be our Lord, our boss, when He laid down His life to save ours! In fact Jesus said this to His disciples when talking about His coming death.

Luke 9:23-25 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?

There are so many, too many, who refuse to allow Jesus to be Lord of their daily lives and so they live and make decisions based on this worlds values, which I hesitate to call values, and as a result, all that they are building collapses when the storm comes. And many times, we get angry at God because of our circumstances when sometimes, not always, but sometimes, our circumstances are because we weren't listening to His words in the first place. Now, before you think I'm pointing fingers and being judgmental, I'm afraid I've been in that boat before! I graduated with a degree from the school of hard knocks. And guess what I went back for a Master's. I'm hoping not to receive my doctorate from that school, but if I don't allow Jesus to be my Lord on a daily basis, the chances of me doing something foolish is rather high.

Now I must interject something very important here. I'm not talking about being O.C.D. about every little decision I make throughout the day. Some of you had a parent you couldn't please and you've transferred that to your relationship to God! Well, God's not like that! That's why there are so many verses about Grace and mercy. Don't get me wrong, we can definitely displease God if we are intentionally living in wickedness but if you desire to live for Him and are trying He is pleased with that and will help.

God's not concerned with what shoes I wear or even so much with the way I cut my hair. I know, your thinking what hair? I had so much fun this week. I shaved my head, I just was looking so scruffy, but I left a patch right in the back of head just to mess with Andrew! You know, the reverse man bun. It's gone now. I looked like some kind of martial arts Jedi, or something. Andrew was like, oh Larry, please no!! It was so much fun. God is really not concerned with those kinds of things. He's more concerned with how we treat our spouse, our children, our parents, our coworkers, our fellow students, including those who have no friends and who are not very popular. He's concerned with the decisions we make that effect our heart and soul. Decisions about priorities, finances, how we spend our time, the things we allow into our eyes and ears, (yes He wants to be the boss of our entertainment choices, not because He doesn't want us to have fun, but because He wants us to be spiritually healthy. Folk, this is relevant stuff!!

I know we're talking about Jesus being Lord, but His desire is not to Lord it over us like power hungry people who enjoy having control over others. Jesus wants you to allow Him to be Lord of your life because He cares about you and wants to give you access to His power for your good, your success, your achievement of God's divine purposes for you and for your joy in life! In fact Jesus considered true success as having the blessing of God on your life! He spoke of this in the beginning of His sermon here in Luke. However, in Jesus' sermon on the mount, we get a little more detail, so we'll go to Matthew 5:1-12.

Matthew 5:1-3 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

People who realize their spiritual poverty understand their need for Jesus to be Lord of their life!

When I realize my spiritual poverty and inability to make the best choices when it comes to spiritual things I must turn to Jesus for guidance, direction, instruction and understanding. This is what lordship looks like.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

People who mourn find comfort because they trust Jesus to be Lord of their circumstances!

It could be mourning for a lost loved one through death, or it could be mourning over a lost relationship, or it could be mourning over the spiritual condition of a family member, friend, or nation. The only way to find comfort in any of these things is to trust Jesus to be Lord of your circumstances and for Him to make good come out of the bad!

Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

People who are meek find their strength in allowing Jesus to be Lord of their life!

Meekness is not weakness because when I am humble enough and wise enough to admit that I don't have the strength on my own to over come the powers of this world, Jesus gives me the strength to inherit the earth! While I don't fully understand what inherit the earth means, I think one very relevant thing is this: When Jesus is Lord of my life, the world doesn't control me, but through Jesus I inherit the resources of this world to do good things for the Kingdom of God!  

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

People who hunger and thirst for righteousness desire for Jesus to be their Lord, therefore they are filled with His righteousness!

In other words, these people have found allowing Jesus to be Lord of their life allows them to be filled with righteous things, right things, things that really matter, things you can be proud of rather than ashamed of. Things that outlast this world. A few verses later, Jesus indicates that those who only hunger and thirst for wealth, pleasures of this world, and acceptance in this world, will only find temporary comfort from those things and once those are gone their comfort is gone. But people, regardless of their social or economic status, who understand their need for The Lord, will be filled with things the world can't take away!

Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

People who give mercy understand what it means to receive mercy!

This is simple really. Those who are not merciful are incapable of receiving mercy because their pride won't let them receive mercy. The only way for that to change is for that person to admit they need the mercy of a Savior and then to cry out for forgiveness. Once they do they will be capable of giving mercy and receiving mercy.

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Allowing Jesus to be your Lord on a daily basis purifies your heart and helps you see the things of God!

If you want to see God, to know God, to walk with God, and to grow in your relationship with God, then you must allow Jesus to be Lord of your heart on a daily basis. Remember, if you've asked Him to be your Savior, He's already taken care of the penalty of your sin, and taken your punishment. Letting Him be your Lord allows Him to begin the lifelong process of purifying your heart!

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

It's hard to be a peacemaker if Jesus is not the Lord of your temperament!

We all have a temperament don't we. Some are up, some are down, some are angry and some are peaceful, but when we allow Jesus to be Lord of our various temperaments He can use each of us in our own unique way to be a peacemaker and to make a difference in this old world. But what if the world around you doesn't listen and even makes fun of your faith in Christ? Jesus went on to say...

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

When Jesus is Lord of your life, there may be persecution because you march to the beat of a different drummer!

Just remember who's Lord of your life and that He's got your back! Remember 1 John 4:4...

1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Let's pray!