Master's week

Master's week

It's Masters Week....a time where the attention of the world focuses on the most beautiful venue of sport in all the land.  Practice rounds are open to "patrons" (DO NOT call them fans) starting today, tomorrow is the Champion's Dinner (Bubba's menu should be interesting), Wednesday is the Par 3 tournament, and by Sunday somebody will be slipping on a green jacket.  I do so love Masters Week.

At the same time, I wonder how often we really consider that every week for believers should be Master's Week...I mean how often do we really take seriously the call to follow Christ every day.  It seems to me that the decision for salvation is pretty easy once you really understand it, and you only have to make it one time.  Romans 6:23 makes things pretty simple.  Once it all clicks in, the choice of gift over wage isn't that difficult.  That's why Jesus said we needed to come to Him as little children.

The decision of Lordship, however, once you really understand it, is pretty difficult and you have to make it EVERY DAY.  Every day I have to choose Savior over self.  Every day I choose to walk in His steps instead of trying to carve out steps of my own.  Joshua 24:15 lays it out pretty simply yet pretty profoundly.  We have to choose Lordship....and we have to choose it every day.  This is tough and its something that may get harder at times rather than easier.

To paraphrase a fast food line, I'm worried that as Americans we've super-sized our Savior but we've said "hold the Lord."  In other words, we've REALLY emphasized salvation which is great, but we've not given much thought to the idea that Jesus didn't just come to save us from our sins; He also came to deliver us from our sinful lives.  That comes through Lordship.  

So my challenge this week for me...and just maybe for you...is to make it Master's Week.  Submit myself (yourself) to God.   Take up my cross and follow HIM.  Pursue not a green jacket but a crown that will last. Persevere.

And for those of you reading this for this long who wanted a word on golf and not lordship...Philip Alfred Mickelson.  That is all.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Marla wrote:
An awesome analogy my friend, on a week I love as well!

Mon, April 8, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

2. Stephanie wrote:
b2... This line truly God-smacked me...

"The decision of Lordship, however, once you really understand it, is pretty difficult and you have to make it EVERY DAY. Every day I have to choose Savior over self. Every day I choose to walk in His steps instead of trying to carve out steps of my own."

Thank you for your updates!!

Love to you!
Steph

Mon, April 8, 2013 @ 11:05 AM

3. Beverly Williams wrote:
Thanks for giving new meaning to Master's week. Once again,
you challenge us to grow in our relationship with the Lord.
Thanks Brad.

Mon, April 8, 2013 @ 11:31 AM

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