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God Will Not Play Second Fiddle (1 of 6)
There is a word that scares Christians, both young and old. It is a word that has split denominations, universities, and factions down through the years. It is a word that ought not to not be alarming, yet it shoots fear to many that hear it. It is the word 'Lordship!' And, the very sound of it represents the person, power, and position that Christ is to have in our life.
I think of one afternoon, when author Patsy Clairmont found herself on an airplane, sitting next to a young man. She had already observed something about this young man when I was being seated. He called her "Ma'am." At the time she thought, 'Either he thinks I'm ancient, or he's from the South where they still teach manners, or he's in the service.' She decided the latter was the most likely, so she asked him, "You in the service?" "Yes, Ma'am, I am." "What branch?" "Marines." "Hey, Marine, where are you coming from?" "Operation Desert Storm, Ma'am." "No kidding? Desert Storm! How long were you there?" I asked. "A year and a half. I'm on my way home. My family will be at the airport." She then commented that he must have thought about returning to his family and home many times while he was in the Middle East. "Oh, no, Ma'am," he replied. "We were taught never to think of what might never be, but to be fully available right where we were." 1
Peter T. Forsythe was right when he said, "The first duty of every soul is to find not its freedom but its Master." I like how Augustine said it, "Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all." And, Abraham Kuyper said, "There is not an inch of any sphere of life of which Jesus Christ the Lord does not say, "This is Mine!" 2
As we begin this series considering the word 'Nevertheless,' in the scripture, it is somewhat fitting that we begin dealing with the most vital doctrine that a Christian must understand. It is ...
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