The Lord is either Lord of all, or He’s not Lord at all! It’s one or the other, not something or anything else, nor does it fall somewhere in between…It’s All or Nothing at All!
Here is an acrostic for LORD, which illustrates whether or not He is THE LORD of our lives.
LORD-LOVE, OBEY, RELEASE, DEVOTE!
LOVE The Lord and love others, as He loves you, leaving your sinful ways and evil practices behind.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37, 39 NIV) Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. (1 Peter 2:1 NIV)
OBEY The Word of The Lord, obliging to live only by it and for Him.
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: (1 John 2:5 NIV) I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 NIV)
RELEASE others, as you have experienced the release of The Lord, walk in release towards others.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:12, 14, 15 NIV) The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, (Isaiah 61:1 NIV)
DEVOTE yourself fully to becoming a disciple of The Lord.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42 NIV) Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV) Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10 NIV)
Doing and being actively involved in Loving The Lord, Obeying His Word, Releasing others, as we have been released and Devoting ourselves completely, are all strong indicators that truly He is The LORD of every part of our entire lives…He is then, The Lord of All!