You may have heard the phrase, “Have you made Jesus the Lord of your life?” That idea is so familiar, many people think it is biblical, but unfortunately it is not. Nobody ever makes Jesus Lord. People either submit to his Lordship and find eternal joy or reject it and find eternal pain. Lip service to his Lordship is the same as rejecting it, by the way.
Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well-built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great. (Luke 6:46-49 ESV)
We know, even by a cursory reading of the New Testament that Jesus is God (John 1:1, 14; Hebrews 1:8; Matthew 3:13-17; John 10:30) We also know that Jesus is sovereign (John 10:17-18, “I lay down my life that I may take it up again”). We know that Jesus is the savior (John 14:6; Philippians 2:7-8). Finally, we know that Jesus is Lord. The question is how will you respond to the Lordship that Jesus already exercises? Will you submit to Jesus as Lord, or will you intentionally reject his lordship?
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:24-27 ESV)