A wise preacher once observed that “a wife who is 85% faithful to her husband is not faithful at all. There is no such thing as part-time loyalty to Jesus Christ” (Vance Havner). A husband who is only partially loyal to his wife is not loyal at all. And in the same way, a Christian who is only partially loyal to Christ is not loyal at all. When a man and his wife get married, they are making a lifetime vow of loyalty to one another. And when a Christian gets saved, he is making an eternal vow of loyalty to Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:9-11 makes it clear that “…God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.” That Jesus Christ is Lord is not even a question in the mind of the true Christian. This question is settled when a person gets saved. However, we are called to recognize this great truth and appropriate this truth through our humble submission to His lordship in our daily lives. We must recognize that when we got saved, we revoked the reigns of our life to Jesus Christ.
One of the strategies that Satan uses to deter Christians is found by observing the life of Solomon. In 1 Kings 11:1, the Bible states that “Solomon loved many strange women.” The Lord had made it clear that the children of Israel were not to take wives among the heathen nations that surrounded them. Solomon had turned from the path of wisdom by taking these wives and bore the consequence for his actions. It is said that over the course of his life “…his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God…” (1 Kings 11:4). Solomon had allowed his heart to go after that which God had forbidden and thus turned away his heart from the one true God.
It is true that Satan cannot take away the salvation of a believer. Therefore, one of his tactics is to make the Christian ineffective by distracting him with things that take his heart away from God. For Solomon it was ungodly women, for others it may be sports, a hobby, career, social status, or another of the myriad forms of “gods” that our hearts go after. It is so important that we remember that God shares His glory with no other. He shares His lordship with no other. And we must ever be vigilant to root out the things in our life that try to take the seat upon the throne of our heart.
“The Lord reigneth…” (Psalm 93:1a). May He reign in our hearts as Lord of all!