Have you seen the bumper sticker, “If Jesus is your copilot, switch seats”?
It points out an often forgotten truth, that Jesus didn’t come to earth to carry out our wills; we came to carry out His. He’s the head of the Church, not us.
But let me invite you to consider a different question. Would you say it’s your goal that Jesus be at the top of the list of your priorities? That he be the most important thing in your life?
If so, may I boldly suggest that Jesus isn’t interested in being at the top of your list?
He wants to be the list. His rightful position isn’t the head of the largest compartment in your life. His rightful position is King of kings and Lord of Lords. He wants to be Lord of all of life.
It’s great if you regularly worship, participate in some Christian small groups, read your Bible in the morning and give God the first moments of each day. All of those are truly great things. But if your Christian compartment is merely the largest compartment of the week, then Jesus isn’t functioning as lord of most of your week. He wants to be lord of your marriage, lord of your day job, lord of your mealtime, lord of your entertainment, lord of your politics, lord of your parenting, lord of your child-ing, lord of your thoughts, lord of your words, and lord of all your deeds. He needs to be lord of all those things – not for his sake, but for ours. If he’s anything less than that, not only do we suffer, but everyone around us suffers, too.
If we want to see Christian unity grow in our city, it will only happen when our primary identity is in Christ and Christ alone.
If I’m a Republican who happens to be a Christian, or a Democrat who happens to be a Christian, then our unity stops at the ballot box. On the other hand, if I’m a Christian who happens to be Anglo, or African-American, or Asian, then that makes us all brothers and sisters and on the same team. Jesus is Lord of All.