Who's in Charge?
And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. ~Genesis 37:8a
Joseph had an incredible dream that depicted his brothers bowing down to him. He did not know when and how this would happen. However, the dream was very clear, and Joseph was a faithful messenger in conveying this dream to his brothers. Their reaction to this dream was hostile. They scornfully asked, “shalt thou indeed reign over us?” In other words, do you think you have first place over us? Will you be our lord? There is a powerful application to this question. The question we should be asking today is “Is Jesus Christ first in our life?” “Is Jesus Christ Lord over our life?’
There is the right to Lordship.
First, the Lord Jesus Christ is Lord! He has the first right and claim in anything and over everything. He is Lord of Heaven and He is Lord of earth. He is Lord over all creation. He sits in Heaven at the right hand of the Father. The Lord Jesus has all power in Heaven and earth. The Lord Jesus is the same yesterday, today and, forever. The Lord Jesus is first and does not share His glory with anyone. His name is above all other names. His name is exalted. From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, the Lord’s name is to be praised. Second, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. A day is coming when all will confess Jesus is Lord.
There is the rivalry to Lordship.
There is conflict in many people’s hearts, even Christians, to Jesus’ right of being Lord of their lives. Joseph’s brothers asked, “shalt thou indeed reign over us?” People have a fear about Lordship. They fear it will cost them. People have an aversion to Lordship. They do not want Jesus being Lord. They do not want to say, “yes, Lord.” People have a resistance to Lordship. Allowing Jesus to be Lord is an intrusion to some people. They want the final and total say for their life. Like Joseph’s brothers, some people question the Lordship of Jesus. Like these brothers, some people have a problem with Jesus being Lord in their life.
There is the resignation to Lordship.
Jesus asked the multitudes who came to hear Him preach a convicting question: “Why call ye me Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” Lordship requires obedience and submission. Unless Jesus Christ is Lord over everything, He is not Lord at all. Ultimately, the struggles of our heart must come to the place where Jesus alone is Lord. We must come to the place as the Apostle Paul did after getting knocked off his horse he looked up and said, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” That’s resignation! That’s letting go of our refusal, our reluctance, and rebellion and giving Him full control. Allowing Jesus to be Lord over everything in our life is like giving Him our car, the car keys and allowing Him to sit in the driver’s seat. There must be a resignation.
Who’s first? The question should not be, “shalt thou indeed reign over us?” The question should be, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?” Make the decision today to allow the Lord Jesus be Lord of all.
Have a submission-filled God morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Daniel 1-3