Jesus Is Lord: What Does This Mean In My Daily Life?

The simple chorus, ‘He Is Lord,’ has been a popular praise song since my early days as a Christian.

My pastor led the song at our church staff meeting last week. It was my final meeting after being on team for nearly 7 years. [1]

In the context of saying farewell to a group that has been like family to me—in order to pursue God’s call to serve elsewhere—the chorus was a reminder of what Lordship means: hearing and obeying God (Luke 6:46).


“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once [Peter and Andrew] left their nets and followed him. Matt 4:19-20

As Jesus call to His first disciples illustrates, His Lordship (leadership) means three things:

1. Relationship—and in particular, hearing His voice (in this context, receiving instruction)

2. Releasing—leaving our own agenda in favour of pursuing His priorities

3. Responding—acting in obedience to His word, His call, His will.

Jesus’ Lordship is more than making a one-time commitment to Him, and it is more than asking for His guidance for important decisions in our lives.

The meaning of ‘Lordship’ is that Jesus is our leader. We may call Him Lord, but for Him to actually BE Lord, that means we are following Him—on a moment-by-moment, and daily basis.

The Joy of Following Jesus

I have come to realise that responding to Jesus’ leadership is neither a hardship to be feared, nor a duty to perform.

In the past, I had trouble with the concept of Jesus’ Lordship, fearing Him to be a hard taskmaster, when He has actually promised me a life of rest and joy. (Matt 11:28-30, Rom 14:17) [2]

Now I know that Jesus’ Lordship means following Someone whom I love and want to be with more than anyone else in this world.

Jesus’ Lordship in Our Daily Lives

‘Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.’ Rom 8:14

Recently, I have been meditating on what it means to live a supernatural Christian life. The bottom line is this: empowered Christian living is about relationship.

Our life with God should not just be a devotional appointment, but a dynamic living relationship with Him.

He wants to speak to us: not just in the context of

  • Personal prayer, Bible study and devotions, or
  • Ministry at our church or from teaching elsewhere

but also as we go about our everyday lives.

He does this through the Holy Spirit, whom He has sent to help us know God’s will. (John 16:12-15)

The Leadership of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit lives in us, and wants to communicate the Father’s purposes to us.

As we follow His leading, we can live like Jesus did—seeing people around us changed and impacted by God’s love.

So, what does this look like in practical terms?

Firstly, we need to remember that the Spirit speaking to us is not like a person speaking.

When we talk about ‘hearing God’s voice,’ we are using an earthly expression to describe a heavenly concept. We simply do not have a framework to understand it.

You and I use words, speech and body language to communicate. However, the Holy Spirit has endless ways that He can communicate with us.

7 Ways the Holy Spirit can lead us in our Daily Lives

Over the past year, the Hunk and I have seen some amazing things happen in our lives and in those around us.

Here are some of the things we have learned to pay attention to, as we go about our daily living:

1. Living in the fruit of the Spirit

It is important to realise that we do not need special guidance to live in the fruit of the Spirit. (see Gal 5:16-25)

In other words, when a situation arises that provides us with an opportunity to respond in a loving (patient, joyful, etc) way, we can just do it—asking for His help.

2. A thought, or ‘urge’ from the Spirit

The Spirit leads us through ‘promptings.’

Sometimes these can be subtle. We may have an urge to go somewhere or speak to someone and it is only afterwards we realise it was the Spirit leading us.

At other times, He is leading us to do something other than what we have planned personally to do. When this happens we need to be intentional about obeying Him.

3. A Difficulty Arises.

When a problem occurs, whether it is in our lives, or in the life of someone around us, it is an opportunity to bring God in on the scene through prayer.

We need to become more familiar with responding to a need immediately with prayer. This may mean offering to pray for someone who has a need.

4. An Opportunity Presents Itself (Col 4:5-6)

This can include:

  • An opening in conversation gives us an opportunity to share an aspect of our faith
  • We have an opportunity to express God’s love through practical assistance when someone is in need.

‘Seize the Day.’

5. Divine Appointments

A Divine appointment looks like coincidence at first.

We can probe a ‘coincidental’ meeting to test whether the Lord has arranged it.
For example, you meet an acquaintance while out walking, or at the shops and you pause to greet him or her.

It may simply be an opportunity to quietly pray for them as you part ways. But if they express a desire to connect further, or share a problem they are facing—explore the opportunity.

6. Prophetic Revelation

Prophetic revelation can include such things as spiritual dreams, symbols, visions and words and thoughts from God. [3]

7. Unique Ways

Ultimately the ways you hear from God will be unique to you.

In the same way that the voice of a friend becomes familiar over time, as we grow in intimacy with God we learn to recognise His voice.

Even though it can be helpful to look out for the above things, don’t forget that the Spirit will speak to you and lead you in many different ways. It’s not about finding a formula, it is about relationship. [4]

Remember, too, that when it comes to matters of hearing from God, especially in relation to prophetic experiences and decision-making, it is vital to have accountability in place—safe people we can check our guidance with. We never ‘outgrow’ the need for Christian leadership and being in a healthy church community.

When we get it Wrong

‘Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?’ (Luke 6:46)

We won’t always get hearing and obeying God’s voice right. I know that I often miss opportunities to respond to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

When this happens, I can confess my shortfall, receive God’s forgiveness, and move on, secure in His love.

Our walk with God is not one of perfection, but of grace (Rom 8:1-4). What is important is that our hearts are open to respond to Him and to grow in this area.


Do you have any experiences to share on being led by the Spirit in your everyday life? I would love to hear from you. Leave a note in the comments box below. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.


Notes:

[1] From 1 February 2011, I will be on the ministry team at David McCracken Ministries. You can read about it here: https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2011/01/20/annnouncement-and-article-by-david-mccracken/
(and yes, while there is a little bit of sadness at letting go of my previous role, there’s a whole lot of joyful anticipation at what is to come. Thank You Jesus!)

[2] This response can be a sign that we are still struggling with an ‘orphan mindset,’where we don’t comprehend who we are or Whose we are. You can read more about it here:

https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2010/11/04/breaking-free-from-an-orphan-mindset/

[3] You can read more about receiving prophetic revelation in the following posts:

https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2009/11/14/how-to-exercise-your-prophetic-gift-pt-2-how-to-receive-a-revelation-from-god/

https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2010/07/27/how-to-recover-the-wonder-of-hearing-gods-voice/

[4] Here is a post about having an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit:

https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2010/11/23/how-you-can-have-an-intimate-relationship-with-the-holy-spirit/


© Helen Calder 2011   Enliven Publishing
https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/

4 thoughts on “Jesus Is Lord: What Does This Mean In My Daily Life?

  1. Jason

    Thank you for this website, it has been a real help and I feel it is from the Fathers heart. Be encouraged.
    Jason
    Australia

  2. uju

    Hi
    Helen , top of the day to you and may d Lord continue to shower you with his blessing in jn. Jus want to tell you dat all you said about how the Holy spirit leads us through is true , perfectly true . I experience all ,You truely are prophetic. May the continue to inspire you to touch lives positively and strengthing you in doing his work … Amen.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you, Uju, and you also.
      I haven’t forgotten the other questions you have left me on the other articles, I will answer in the next couple of days. 🙂

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