In preparing for an upcoming series of posts on Ephesians 1:1-2, I turned to Strong’s Concordance and looked at the original text. I came across a common word used in the Bible -Kurios.
Kurios is a Greek word meaning supremacy; supreme in authority that is, as noun, controller, by implication “Mr.” as a respectful title, e.g. God, Lord, master, Sir.
The King James Version total usage: Lord (667x), lord (54x), master (11x), sir (6x), misc (4x).
As I thought about this, I realized that I proclaim God to be the Lord of my life, but is he really Lord of my life? I feel that we, the church, have become so focused on having that personal relationship with God, which we do have, that we forget that he is Our Lord.
Does God not want us to be His friend? Yes, He wants to be your friend and so much more. He knows every detail about you and He wants you to know every detail about Him. Friendship is not evil. It is what we do with friendship that is evil.
I believe that our human nature, our natural sinful self, that looks for every opportunity to use everything or everyone for our self-satisfaction. Our selfish need to satisfy one needs, doesn’t stop at friendships. Maybe some of us do it less than others, but we have all done it at one point in our life. It is awesome if you have fought against that human nature and became a better person and treat your friends the way they should. I’m not saying that everyone does that their entire life, it is just when we are born our natural tendencies are to satisfy oneself at all cost.
It is that human nature, the fact that we believe the world revolves around us and lastly that we are God (what I mean is that we control everything), is why we ultimately abuse the friendship phase of our relationship with God and forget that He is our Lord. We expect Him to make exceptions for us that we expect Him to hold others accountable for. We say God is love, and loves us so much that we can be disobedient and He won’t hold it against us.
The fact is He is holy. If I was to take a white shirt and place a black dot on it. Is it still a white shirt? No, it is a white shirt with a black dot on it. It could be a large black dot or the smallest black dot. But what it is not is a purely white shirt. Holiness cannot mix with something unholy and remain holy. God’s Lordship must remain ultimately first, because if not then He cannot be God. If we are truly God’s friend than we need to respect His Lordship, even when we don’t like it.
What I am trying to get you to see is that we have taken the freedoms that God has given us in the New Testament and made God more of a best friend than Lord. This is one of the reasons why churches need to continue to preach the Old Testament and New Testament. Even though we have these freedoms, we still have a God who is Our Master, Lord, and Ruler.
He has never changed. We have become comfortable with God. We focus on that part of the relationship and the church as a whole has preached only half the gospel. Will you see the whole truth and make God, Lord over you?