Scripture: 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. [Acts 10:36 NLT]
I was at someone’s house not too long ago and there was a piece of furniture I really liked. I complimented the owner on it and told them I really liked it. Their response was, “That old thing? We’ve had that forever.” The reaction surprised me a little because they had grown accustomed to the piece being in their life forever. They, at one point in time, had really liked it or it would not be in their home. Over time it had all but disappeared to them. They probably walked past it several times a day and just ceased to notice it anymore. This got me thinking about how many things become invisible to us over time. How many things in our life do we think of as “That old thing?”
It seems inevitable that we will become interested, and almost infatuated, with whatever is new. The things in our life that we once thought were so great become passé. This is human nature in most areas of our life. That is why we need to be very intentional with the things that are most important to us. Our family should never become passé. Our marriage should never become passé. Can you imagine if someone complimented you concerning your spouse and your reply was, “That old thing?” I imagine that would not go over well at all. The one area we need to be most intentional about not allowing it to become passé, our faith.
I believe that our faith is one of the easiest areas of our life to neglect. I also believe that it is the most important area of our life, period. In our Scripture for today this is made evident in two ways: 1) The work of God in the life of his people is called the “Good News” and 2) Jesus is said to be Lord of all. The Good News of God giving his one and only Son to the world so that whoever would believe in him would not perish but have eternal life is the greatest news in all of history. This, the greatest of all news, should never be allowed to become passé. If the work of Jesus Christ in our own life is not the greatest thing that has ever happened to us, something is wrong with our faith. Our abiding relationship with Jesus Christ should be the foundation of everything we do. In every moment of every day we should intentionally strive to live in remembrance of God’s mighty acts in Jesus Christ. We should strive to offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving as a holy and living sacrifice, in the same way Christ sacrificed himself on our behalf.
We should also strive every day to live with Jesus as Lord of all of our life. There should be nothing in our life that is not under the Lordship of Christ. Today we should take stock of our life and look for any part of it that we are hanging onto. These are the areas where we need to surrender to Christ. If Christ is not the Lord of all, there will be competing loyalties. We must surrender to Jesus Christ as Lord of all. Get on your knees today and surrender your whole life to Jesus. Throughout your day continually surrender each moment to Jesus. Surrender the moments where someone upsets you. Surrender the moments where you get anxious. Surrender your need to be right. Jesus is Lord of all and we must surrender to his authority. There certainly is nothing passé about that!
Prayer: Lord of all creation, I praise you for the life you have given me. I surrender all of my life to you today. If there is any part of my life that I am holding onto, help me release it to you. May you be my only focus today and may my life bring honor and glory to you. Amen.