Life, Lips (sayings) and the Lordship of Christ

Greg Strand – September 12, 2014 2 Comments

As believers, everything we do, everything we think, everything we say, everything about everything occurs under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. There is nothing that is outside of that realm. This also means that everything we observe, read and experience are to be assessed, interpreted and evaluated under that same Lordship of Christ.

Paul exhorts believers to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 10:3). Elsewhere he states that we are to do everything to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31).

The heart of this thinking is a biblical worldview and the heart of this life is living under the Lordship of Christ, a disciple living a life of discipleship.

Recently Drew Dyke shared how he approached this. Each day as he stopped by Starbucks he was treated to coffee and an Oprah Winfrey quote. This went on for a number of days, and he felt himself getting progressively frustrated by the emptiness of these self-exalting expressions. Then it struck him: since he is an editor, why not edit the statements made by Oprah. Rooted in a biblical worldview under the Lordship of Christ, he made the following changes on a few of the quotes:

Be more splendid. Be more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill yourself up.

Be more splendid humble. Be more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill empty yourself up.

Your life is big. Keep reaching.

Your life is big small. Keep reaching serving.

Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose.

Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose ruin if that’s all you follow.

How about you? How do you interpret, respond and live in this world, but not of this world? How do you live the biblical worldview under the Lordship of Christ, and how do you impart that to others?

 

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Life, Lips (sayings) and the Lordship of Christ

  1. It is good to see “Strands of Thought” appearing in my inbox once again! I was watching a documentary on the 9/11/2001 attacks on the World Trade Center where people who survived the attack were expressing their gratitude to those who led them safely out of the twin towers. Without exception, their inexpressible gratitude overflowed with tears as they told of how they owed their lives to these heroes. I was wondering what our lives as Christians would be like if we expressed the same gratitude to the One who rescued us by humbly submitting to His Lordship in appreciation for what He has done. All to Him I owe!

    • It is good to hear from you, Steve. I have written the following about gratitude: “One of the marks of a Christian is gratitude or thankfulness (Ps. 118:1; 1 Thess. 5:16-18); one of the marks of a non-Christian is being ungrateful or not thankful (Rom. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:2). This contrast is made sharp and clear by the Psalmist. When God’s works in their lives are pondered, “the upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths” (Ps. 107:42).” For the Christian church throughout time this often results in singing, giving thanks and praise, expressing gratitude, to the Giver of every good and perfect gift (Jms. 1:17). This might also be why atheists have no songbook. They have no one else to whom they give thanks and praise. As those captured by Christ, we have, indeed, been bought with a price. Therefore we will glorify God in all of life, with lips and life (1 Cor. 6:19-20).

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