Some people believe that if they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ then they are automatically saved.  Let’s examine that word “Lord” closely and see what it actually means:

Acts 16:31 King James Version (KJV)

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

 

The meaning of the word “Lord”:

Strong’s #2962: kurios (pronounced koo’-ree-os)

from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by implication, Master (as a respectful title):– God, Lord, master, Sir.

 

Derives from the word “kuros”, which means supremacy.  Effectively, to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, is to ask ourselves whether Jesus Christ is supreme in our lives?  If we don’t put him first and we continue to live after our own desires then Jesus Christ is not supreme in our lives and therefore he is not our Lord.

 

This is why Jesus Christ told us that we must deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow him:

Luke 9:23 King James Version (KJV)

23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

 

Jesus also tells the following parable:

Matthew 13:45-46 King James Version (KJV)

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

 

We have to put Jesus Christ first in our lives.  Don’t let anyone deceive you into thinking that you can just add Jesus to your life.