Lord of All

J. D. Conley
July 28, 2013

In Acts 10:36, the apostle Peter in preaching to the Gentiles said of Jesus, "he is Lord of all" The word "Lord" means "Master." Whereas Jesus is Lord of all, i.e., the universe, and the human race itself, (Heb.l:3; Jn.l:3; Col. 1:16), the question remains, "is He the Master of your life?" He demands and deserves to be your master. Is He?

When it comes to our time, is He Lord of all of it? We tend to compartmentalize our time into neat little packages. We have a package of time for work, a package of time for play, a package of time for rest, and on and on the packages go. How much of your time do you reserve for Jesus the Lord of all? Is He just thrown somewhere into the mix? Is He even in the mix? We always seem to find the time to do the things we want to do. Yet, when it comes to living for the Master, serving Him, obeying Him, and worshipping Him, all of a sudden we don't have the time, or we choose to use it another way. We make ourselves the master, or so we think. This is utter foolishness. It's foolish because we don’t know how much time we have left. Life is fragile, uncertain, and brief at best. Death can come suddenly at any time. Death is the master thief of time. Once death wraps its finger around it, every second is choked out forever. Not only is death coming, (Heb.9:27), but so is Jesus, (2Thess.1:7-10). If death does not end our time, the Lord will. If we knew when either were coming, we wouldn't be at such a great disadvantage. But all we know for certain is that Christ is coming "like a thief in the night" (2Pet.3:10). We have been warned.

Out of all the things in which Jesus is Lord of all, our time is the most precious. Money lost can be regained. Energy misused can be redirected. But time, once it is gone is gone forever.

With this realization, allow Jesus to be the Lord of all your life. If you will surrender your time, (life) to Him, all other things that compete for our time will fall into place. Jesus is not a slave-driver, but the Master of peace and comfort. Nevertheless, we must willingly turn our lives completely over to Him. He makes this gracious offer: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (Mt.11:28-30). What better Master could we ever hope for than Jesus? Let us live our lives completely for Him.