Be Lord Over Us: Submitting Our Lives to Christ’s Authority

Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Heavenly Father, we come before You today in recognition of the authority of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We humbly ask that You guide our hearts and minds to submit to Him in all our endeavors. Just as Jesus demonstrated obedience to Your will, even to the cross, help us to embrace that same spirit of submission, recognizing that we are serving Him in all we do. Whether in work, relationships, or our innermost thoughts, may we always seek to honor Him. As we walk our daily path, remind us of the inheritance promised, so that we are constantly motivated by love and not by the transient rewards of this world. Lord Jesus, be the King of our lives, ruling every aspect of our being. May Your authority govern our decisions, actions, and aspirations, and may we find joy in our surrender to You. Amen.

In the provided Bible verse from Colossians, Paul the Apostle emphasizes the significance of dedicating every action to the Lord. Whether in menial tasks or grand ventures, our motivation should be serving Christ and not merely pleasing fellow humans. It’s a poignant reminder that the mundane tasks of our daily lives, when dedicated to Christ, can be transformed into acts of worship.

The reference to receiving “an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” alludes to the eternal rewards that believers can expect in heaven. While we are not called to serve solely for rewards, this promise serves as an encouragement to persevere, knowing that our labor in the Lord is not in vain.

When examining the life of Jesus, we observe His perfect submission to the Father’s will. In John 6:38 (NIV), Jesus says, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” This act of submission, even unto death, exemplifies the epitome of obedience and surrender to God’s authority.

Therefore, our prayer and desire should be for Christ to rule over every aspect of our lives, ensuring our actions, decisions, and motivations align with His perfect will. Submitting ourselves under Christ’s lordship is not a form of bondage but rather a pathway to true freedom, where our lives find their most profound purpose and fulfillment in Him.


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