From William MacDonald's devotional book One Day at a Time, available at www.thebereancall.org.
"…Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all)." Acts:10:36
One of the great themes of the New Testament is the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Over and over we are reminded that He is Lord and that we should give Him that place in our lives.
To crown Jesus as Lord means to surrender our lives to Him. It means to have no will of our own, but to want His will supremely. It means the willingness to go anywhere, do anything, and say whatever He desires. When Joshua asked the captain of the Lord's army, "Are you for us or against us?" the captain replied, in effect, "I didn’t come either to assist or hinder you. I came to take over" (see Joshua:5:14). So the Lord doesn't come as sort of a glorified assistant; He comes to take supreme command of our lives….
To make Jesus our Lord is the most reasonable, logical thing we can do. He died for us; the least we can do is live for Him. He bought us; we are no longer our own….
If we can trust Him for our eternal salvation, can we not trust Him for the management of our lives? “There is a lack of sincerity about committing the eternal soul to God and holding back the mortal life- professing to give Him the greater and withholding the lesser” (R.A. Laidlaw).
How then, do we crown Jesus as Lord? There must be a crisis experience when for the first time we turn over the controls to Him, when every area of our life is placed under His sovereign sway. It is a total commitment with "no reserve, no retreat, no regrets."
From then on it becomes a matter of moment by moment yielding to His guidance, presenting our bodies to Him so that He can live His life through us. The crisis becomes a process.
It makes good sense! With His wisdom, love, and power, He can do a far better job of running our lives than we can.
[TBC: It is as simple as this: If Jesus is not God, He cannot save us, and if He is God (which He surely is), then He is Lord. No one can receive Christ as Savior and not as Lord, since He is Lord. A "Jesus" who is only Savior but not Lord is "another Jesus." Christ doesn't become Lord nor do we make Him Lord, He is Lord. Jesus doesn't come in two pieces: one of them Lord, the other Savior. Rom:10:9 clearly says, "That if thou shalt confess ... the Lord Jesus ... thou shalt be saved." --Dave Hunt]