Are You Building on the Right Foundation?


A proper understanding of Jesus’ position as Lord is essential to our success in life, for it is our foundation.

Many of us read what the Bible says about our redemption through the lens of receiving Jesus as our Savior, while Scripture actually indicates He must be submitted to as Lord:

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9 NKJV, emphasis added

The word savior is found 36 times in the Bible, while the word lord occurs over 7,800 times. It’s clear God’s emphasis is different from ours!

Of course, this isn’t to say acknowledging Jesus as Savior is unimportant. Here’s how I look at the distinction: Lord declares the position Jesus holds in our lives, whereas Savior describes the work He’s done for us.

To phrase it another way, Savior describes a benefit we receive from acknowledging and adhering to Jesus as Lord.

Over the three decades of my marriage to Lisa, I’ve received the benefit of living with a great chef. Lisa is magnificent at creating meals, and I have sometimes referred to her as my “little gourmet chef.” I may have called her this a dozen or so times throughout our marriage—but more properly, I’ve referred to her thousands of times as my wife. Why?

Because that declares the position she holds in my life. The other title conveys a benefit I’ve received from her being my wife.

Now, just because Lisa cooks for me doesn’t mean I belong to her. When I was single, she made me an amazing meal on one of my birthdays. That didn’t give us a lasting relationship. It was the covenant I made to forsake all other girls and give my heart solely to her as husband that solidified our marriage relationship.

Our relationship with Jesus is similar to this. In order to receive His work of salvation, we must submit to His lordship. We give our lives to Him completely because we are confident in His perfect leadership, character, and love and that He knows what’s best. Though He intensely desires our freedom and loves us perfectly, He is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords and will not come into our lives as second to anything or anyone else.

This may seem like a small distinction, but it is of great importance! A proper understanding of Jesus’s position as Lord is essential to our success in life, for it is our foundation. Paul tells us:

As you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Colossians 2:6–7 NLT, emphasis added

What do you think it means to build your life on the Lord Jesus? Will it require a change in your perspective? In your behavior? In what ways? I encourage you to journal or talk about this with someone. Don’t allow this information to live only in your mind. Flesh it out so you can live it by God’s grace!



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