When someone says, “I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior” we need to understand that Jesus’ rule is being recognized by such a decision – not established by it. That is, accepting Jesus as Lord doesn’t make Him Lord; rather, it acknowledges Him as Lord.
Jesus didn’t become your Lord when you accepted Him. He already was your Lord because He is everyone’s Lord. He is Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore, unless you’re living somewhere other than heaven or earth, Jesus is your Lord. Your acceptance of Him as Lord was merely acknowledging reality.
People who will not accept Jesus as Lord are resisting reality. This is why they have no true peace in their souls. You can’t resist reality without feeling inner tension. Even though you may try to bury or otherwise ignore this tension, it will still be there.
Accepting Jesus as Lord doesn’t put Him on the throne; neither does denying His lordship remove Him from the throne. He is Lord. Of everyone. Whether they recognize it or not.
For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
– Romans 14:9
We do not live in a world where Jesus is Lord of only certain people; rather, we live in a world where many people are either oblivious to, or consciously denying, reality – the reality of His lordship.
The Bible emphatically and repeatedly declares Jesus to be Lord of heaven and earth. This claim is either true or false. Therefore, if Jesus is not Lord of everyone, He’s not Lord of anyone.
You are not living your life in service to a private god. “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”