“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” Romans 10:9 (NKJV)
At the time that we accept the free gift of salvation we are entering into a new relationship with God. In this new relationship two major changes are happening in our lives. We are first of all being freed from our bondage to sin, and secondly we are giving ourselves over to Jesus. It wasn’t until very recently that God revealed to me the deeper meaning of Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus…” If literally read from the Greek it would be “that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord." At first glance, this doesn’t seem to be much of a difference. But the word Lord is not intended to be part of Jesus’ name. The word Lord is a title, it means Master (kurios). Jesus (Yeshua) is His name; it means “Jehova is Salvation”. Christ (Christos) is Greek, for the Hebrew word mashiyach meaning “the Messiah”, and this denotes His mission. So in this verse we’re actually reading, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is the Messiah, accept Him as your Master, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Now, I can confidently say that since the day I became a Christian, I was more than happy to accept the Savior part of the deal, but much less enthused about the Lord, or Master part. If I have a master, that means I am a servant. Both Paul and James refer to this position of service throughout the New Testament as being a bondservant (doulos). Initially, being a bondservant sounds scary. It means that I am to give myself completely over to Him, relinquishing my rights of self-determination to Him. That’s exactly what I am supposed to do. It’s part of the package when I accepted salvation. Just simply believing isn't enough! “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe - and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:20-21. You see at the time I accepted the gift of salvation, I was forfeiting my right to determine for myself what to do in life. Though I still have freewill I am called to offer myself as a living sacrifice! Holy and acceptable to God, wich is my spiritual act of service! (Romans 12:1) The awesome part of being a servant to God is that there is no greater master to serve than one who loves me, provides for me, sacrificed His only son for me, has blessed me, sanctified me, has adopted me and wants me to be happy and full of joy! All I have to do is what He asks me to do, and His blessings will be bountiful.
In Acts 10:13-14 the Lord said to Peter, “Arise Peter, kill and eat.” And Peter said, “Not so, Lord! I have never eaten anything common or unclean”. Chuck Smith says “this is the most inconsistent statement in the Bible - “Not so Lord” You cannot tell your master no!” When asked or told by God to do something it is not my right to say no. This reminds me of growing up, when my dad would tell me to do something, I would often respond with a stupid question like “why?” or a comment like “but I don’t want to”, to which he would say “kid if I tell you to jump, you just ask how high.” This is the type of response that I should have when God asks me or tells me to do something; I can ask Him, Lord how do you want me to do it, or Lord just show me the way, but I cannot say no! My ultimate prayer is that God would strip me of my self-seeking behaviors, and completely transform my heart to a place that my desires are in line with His will.