What I Found Out About The Word “Lord”, You’ll Be Amazed

Lord, the word we often use to address or when call on Jesus in our prayers. In Cebuano, the translation is “Ginoo” and in Tagalog “Panginoon”.

However, we use it so casually I begin to wonder what the word Lord really means. The bible does give us a clear idea: master, authority, superior. Those are translations from the Old and New Testaments, “Adonai” is Hebrew for Lord and “Kurios” the Greek equivalent.

Adonai is from the root word adon meaning owner. Kurios as well refers to ownership. That blew me away! But let’s not stop there.

As children of God, living in these modern times, we cannot quite grasp the idea of lordship. There’s a reason why the owner of the apartment we’re living in is called landlord. Yup, because he is the owner.

The idea of lordship, is that you are subjected to the rules of the lord or owner. Whatever he owns, he has control over it and not you, or in my case, me as the one renting his apartment. I cannot just make changes or modifications to his property and I am expected to follow his rules in the tenure of my stay.

Our Lord owns everything and it includes our body, which we are expected to offer to God as living sacrifices. So everytime, we utter the word Lord, it means we’re submitting everything to Him.

But here’s the pitfall. Like earlier said, it is used so casually, we forget the essence.

The English word “Lord” even has a deeper meaning, because if you look at the history of its use, it originally meant “bread keeper”. I love that! Because bread keepers in the old days are responsible for providing food for their people.

Amazing! Our Lord does not only own everything, He also is providing for us. Remember the Lord’s prayer “… give us this day our daily bread”, bread which refers to both our spiritual and physical needs.

Now, take a step back and look at the big picture, Jesus our Lord is the owner and provider. Not surprising eh, I am sure you’ve heard that before, but that’s the reason why need to know the real meaning of the word lord, so we don’t misuse it or just casually use it.

Remember, Jesus reminds us about the misuse. Because to be honest, the word lord has worldly connotations. The Hebrews use the word lord in two ways:

1.) Adoni – a royal total to men, people who own properties, like apartments, lots, office buildings, like how you’d address people like Sir or Mister.
2.) ADONAI – used as prefix or divine title to the many references to God like (Adonai-jireh) – “The LORD Will Provide”

That is why Jesus is straightforward in saying “Not everyone who calls me Lord will enter God’s kingdom.” Why?

Because “only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” Matt 7:21-22

I am amazed by this revelation but at the same time I am being reminded of God to dwell in the Lordship of Jesus. 2 things He asks of us.

1.) To seek Him and make God a priority.

2.) And do what Jesus commands us to do.

Father in Heaven, I bless You. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who died on the cross and redeemed my spirit. I bend my knees and heart, acknowledging my stubbornness and independence from your Lordship. Break my heart and mind and let your Holy Spirit take charge. Here I am use me, for your glory. Amen.

God’s revelations are amazing and endless, so I trust that you join us or share with us your stories.

Why We Hate Work? Labor Day Note

Labor day.

The first employees on earth were Adam and Eve. They did get the memo, but naah, they just went their own way. And the result, they had to work.

Isn’t that mind blowing? God employed us to manage the earth, yet we were not WORKING.

Only then the BURDEN of work came when we disobeyed Him.

See, our Father provided us everything from food, shelter, nutrition back there in Eden, we don’t need to worry about a thing. But after the fall, man has to work by the sweat of his brows.

So think about it, before you start going to work, remember it is God who first employed us.

Stand by His word and you’re tenure is protected. Believe that He has your back, and no threat of retrenchment can shake you.

And best of all, if you stay under His MANAGEMENT, you’ll never have to dread work, ever.

Make Your Emotions Work For You

Harold J. Sala is among our favorite authors. His books are truly a blessing. Among those we have is the Making Your Emotions Work For You.

Back in 2010, this was God’s way of carrying me through rough times.

And you know what they say about problems, they really bring out the worst in a person.

The book reminds us that while emotions, anger, frustration, happiness, are a gift from God, they are also a responsibility.

I trust that if you haven’t already, make this a worthwhile addition to your library, but if you have perhaps lending or gifting someone a copy would be great.

Harold Sala Make Your Emotions Work For YouHarold Sala Make Your Emotions Work For You