Jesus – The Lord of Spirit, Soul, Body and MIND

Whose “2 cents” worth matters?

For my entire Christian life I have been hearing this: “we need to be more relevant to the world to draw the world to Jesus.”

Usually this is expressed as a change in style of music, style of church service, etc. “We are the ‘cool’ Christians. We’re not like those other stuffy religious bigots. Come to our church.”

Much of my ministry career has been spent involved to some degree or another with World Missions. Striving to “contextualize” the Gospel into another culture is a challenge, but a necessary one. We want to see every people group in the world hear about Jesus in a way that they can understand!

This is just as true in America. We want everyone to hear the Gospel in a way that they understand.

I remember reading in an essay on contextualizing the Gospel about how challenging it is to present the Gospel in a relevant way without compromising exactly what the Gospel is!

Here is one key element of the Gospel that seems to get missed in America: Jesus is Lord!

He is the Creator and Originator of all things. He is the boss. The head honcho. The big cheese. The final say. The judge.

What He says is true – is true. What he says is false – is false.

Jesus is Lord of all opinions of truth!

Of course, God created each of us as unique individuals, so we can like chocolate-chip-cookie-dough ice cream over fudge ice cream. This kind of opinion is valid.

We each have different styles, giftings, preferences, etc. Sometimes there is no “one right way” to do things.

But sometimes there is only ONE right way. If Jesus says so. And don’t forget, when I say Jesus, I mean God. In other words, whether the Truth is presented from the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit it is still true.

Christianity is true whether you believe in it or not!

I have often wondered why there seems to be so little interest in Biblical Worldview amongst Christians. There seems to be a satisfaction with just getting “saved,” going to church, tithing, signing up for the usher’s list (or nursery, or bake sale, or softball team) and waiting for the end of time.

And of course, don’t vote for anyone who is for “special” rights for gays or pro-choice. Well, those two used to be sacred anyways.

But Jesus is Lord of All of Life, and His Opinion is Truth!

Here is my call to the Church of Jesus: Repent of believing whatever you want to believe and preferring whatever truth you want and instead surrender your Mind to Christ!

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind! Surrender Absolutely to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over your thoughts.

Think God’s thoughts after Him.

Ethics? Philosophy? Politics? Values? Leadership Principles? Work Principles? Financial Principles? In everything it is time to lay down our weapons and surrender to the One True God in the area of our opinions.

Lord help me! Help me see the world the way You see it! Get rid of my error. Show me the Truth. Teach me the Truth!

In the end, it doesn’t matter what my opinion is and it doesn’t matter what your opinion is. It matters what God’s opinion is on every issue.

It’s very hard to have real conversations about how the Gospel applies to All of Life unless we are all surrendered to and seeing the Truth of Jesus Christ as reveled to in the Bible and testified to by the Holy Spirit.

What do conservatives say? What do liberals say? What about Fox News? What about the Huffington Post?

???

What about the Bible!

Amen.

4 Replies to “Jesus – The Lord of Spirit, Soul, Body and MIND”

  1. Hi ThirstyJon,

    Your article brought to mind a quote I wrote down recently from the book "Jesus for President" by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw, "In a culture driven by the detached nuclear family, extreme individualism, and obsession with home ownership and entitlement, Christian community itself goes against the grain."

    In so many ways, Christianity is subordinated to patriotism and individual comfort. American Christianity is made to fit into a consumerist lifestyle when instead everything in life should be subordinated to our walk with Christ.

    Keep up your great work!

    1. Welcome back Chad!

      One of my goal is to have my Christianity not be subordinated to anything but God! People often ask me why I mix "conservative" political beliefs with "religion" (for example).

      I try to explain that I operate from the opposite direction. I try to first understand the Bible and the Heart of God and then make application to the world. If that happens to produce a "conservative" worldview, so be it; but I don't start from a "conservative" or "patriotic" point of view and then try to make Christianity conform.

      Jesus is Lord!

      It reminds me of when Joshua asked the Being he faced "are you with our enemies or with us?" (Joshua 5:13-14) The Being responded that He was neither, but that He was in fact the Captain of the Army! In other words: "You've got it backwards Joshua, the question isn't whose side am I on, the question is whose side are you on!!??!"

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  2. I agree with most of what you've said here, but I'm not convinced that God really wants to rule over our thoughts. Don't get me wrong, what you say about what He says being Truth is absolutely correct, and the Spirits office obviously cannot be denied, but this is a world of free will (Job 38-41 – Romans 9 is sometimes misrepresented as a challenge to this, but it's really just saying that people aren't equal) and it appears his opinion is mostly a freedom loving one. And not just human freedom, but mechanical freedom over most of the universe most of the time as well. Freedom so sacred, in fact, that it often times calls for great sacrifice, as in Jonah, Malachi and also in the Gospel. A world without freedom would have no sacrifice.

    1. Hello Jeremy,

      Welcome to Freedomthirst!

      I suppose it depends on what you mean by "rule over."

      God rules by dying for our sins. He rules by Love.

      Acknowledging that He is Lord of Ideas is simply putting our thoughts into consistency with reality. It is for our benefit to do so. To deny that God Defines Reality is effectively suicide.

      This is why I tried in my article to differentiate between preferences (ice cream, etc.) and Truth (or Reality).

      Jesus is Lord of Truth and Reality. What He says is True is True. What He says is False is False.

      A part of Christian Discipleship is acknowledging that, and then getting to work being "transformed by the renewing of our mind." (Rom 12:2)

      God has said things like "come let us reason together." (Isa 1:18) He is not asking us to be brain dead. That is not the kind of surrender we are talking about. God created our reason (as well as our preferences). Surrendering to God's rulership over our thoughts simply means to acknowledge His position as Creator and Originator of Truth and Reality vs. our position of receiving knowledge of those things through Him. (Either by our God given reason and senses or by revelation).

      Hopefully that clarifies my point.

      🙂

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