John 13:1 “It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.”
It is impossible to know the extent of making Jesus Lord of your life when you make your profession of faith. Even then it usually comes in incremental steps. Jesus knew the end game of His ministry before this point came; yet this final step of faith and Lordship is quite impactful to hear.
I would contend that at some time each Christian who has given his life to Jesus in faith and Lordship will have a similar point that takes him/her deeper into Lordship, obedience, and faith in a way that uniquely sets her/him apart for Jesus. It may not be death, but something he/she has always done that is wrong - or it could be a specific experience that deeply challenged her/his belief system.
Regardless of what it is, from that point forward your relationship with Christ is fundamentally transformed from tepid Lordship to “all in Lordship.” Jesus’ proclamation in John 11:25-26 gives a good starting point for all followers of Christ: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Your affirmation of Jesus’ proclamation conveys your belief that life and hope are based on a living hope that God allows you to enter through faith and Lordship. Not just a future hope, but the ability and equipping to experience life here and now. It is this proclamation and lifestyle that allows you to experience “the full extent of God’s love.”
Making this proclamation is more likely to happen if your ear and heart are continually connected to the Lord. I love the John 10:4 illustration of knowing the voice of Jesus: “When He has brought out all His own, He goes on ahead of them, and His sheep follow Him because they know His voice.” Your life in Christ has become so close that it is much easier to hear His leading and feel His presence.
This relationship with God does not come from a casual approach to your Lord and Savior, but with an intensity that thirsts and hungers for God. I can remember multiple times when I felt God’s call and leading, but the time I remember most is when I had to reject God’s call and leading because I had put myself in a situation. I made a commitment that from that point forward I would live in a way that allowed me to respond positively to His calls.
You will never know God’s timing in preparation for His callings, but if you seek Him not for knowledge as much as understanding and direction, your position will make yourself available for His crafting and use. Seek God not just to know Him, but to know and understand His will for you. God wants you to be a vessel who is available and ready for His use.
John 12:24 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
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