"For Those Who Are Passionate About Reaching The Younger Generation"

Five Core Principles Core Principle #1: The Lordship of Christ

Making Jesus Lord (Part 1)

Dr. Barry St. Clair

Think back to the first day of your first job. How did you feel? Could you do everything you needed to do right away? Did someone train you? How long did it take you to "get in the groove"?

Learning to follow Jesus takes time, too. We need to be trained by someone who knows what to do. Jesus is our "teacher" for the Christian walk. When He becomes Lord of our lives, our heart's desire will be to obey Him and please Him more than anyone else.

But before we can make Jesus Lord, we need to revere Him. Is He worthy of our reverence? Why does He deserve to be the Lord of our lives? Because He has the credentials!

Credential #1- He created us. Jesus is the Living Word of God. Read John 1:1-5 substituting "Jesus Christ" each time "the Word" is used. Compare that passage in John to Colossians 1:15-16. Jesus Christ along with the Father and the Holy Spirit created the world and created us.

Because He created us, Jesus knows how we function best. Read Psalm 139:13-16. Jesus Christ knows everything about us. His unsurpassed knowledge of us qualifies Him to be our Lord.

Credential #2 - He identifies with us. Picture in your mind a story where a young fearless prince delivers his country from an evil ruler. Jesus was that young fearless prince. He became a human being and then He "gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father" (Galatians 1:4).

Since Jesus lived as a man for thirty-three years, He knows the problems and temptations we face every day. "We do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are" (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus deserves to be our Lord because He faced the same problems we face, yet remained sinless.

Credential #3 - He redeemed us. Jesus Christ invaded our world, lived a perfect life and died for our sins. Through His death, He crushed Satan's rule on this earth forever. Redeem means to "rescue" or "ransom." Another definition for redeem is to "recover ownership by paying a specified sum." Jesus has legally obtained ownership of our lives from Satan. He has the right to be our Lord because He has bought us with the price of His blood. "You are not your own; you were bought with a price" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Jesus has the credentials to be Lord of our lives. So what should that mean to us? It depends on how we define "lord." There are three Greek words in the New Testament that describe Jesus as our Lord. Let's look at each word and its English equivalent. Despotes (master) - This master describes "someone with unlimited power." Because Jesus' power has no limit, He can master any situation. Basileus (monarch) - This kind of ruler is someone with "all power and authority." A monarch's word is law. Jesus is superior to other monarchs because His word is not only law, but it is always truthful and right. His authority is the final authority. Kurios (lord) - A person who is "lord" is the owner. Kurios indicates authority, but also conveys a sense of wisdom and love. When Jesus is Lord of our lives, He is the wise and loving owner. The Apostle Paul expresses Jesus' lordship through what God has done as a result of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection: "God exalted Him [Jesus] to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).

Jesus deserves to be our Lord. He has the credentials. He has been given authority from God to rule in our lives. He desires to be the wise and loving owner of our lives. The question we must answer is simple: Do I revere Jesus enough to submit to His lordship in my life? Our response to that question is absolutely critical to our own personal relationship with Jesus, and also determines our ability to lead others spiritually. If Jesus is not Lord of our lives, how can we lead others into a deeper relationship to Him? Let's give that some serious thought before we continue.


1. Look back at the three different definitions for the word "lord." Then write your own definition of what the word "lord" means to you.


2. You can do two things right now to create a desire to have Jesus as Lord of your life. First, become desperate. The Psalmist wrote: "O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Psalm 63:1). How do you create that degree of desperation? When you get "sick and tired of being sick and tired," of running your life on your own, you will become willing to allow God to do it His way. Are you desperate? A second way to create desire is to focus on Jesus. The more you see who He really is, the more desire you will have to please Him and worship Him. Right now, assess your desire for Jesus. Be honest.

Make sure to read "Part II" of this article.

Source Information

This article is from A VISION FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY, which is Book Two of the series, BUILDING LEADERS FOR JESUS-FOCUSED YOUTH MINISTRY, by Barry St. Clair ( pp. 9-11, used by permission).   This series of three books is designed for an adult leader to use in training other adults to share leadership in a local youth ministry. Find more about each book by visiting OUR RESOURCES.


Barry St. Clair is founder and director of Reach Out Youth Solutions, which equips youth workers and young people for strategic ministry through the church around the world. He has worked with youth leaders and young people for over 30 years in evangelism and discipleship. Barry holds both Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministries degrees and is the author of numerous books.