Core values define who we are and determine how we behave.
Different organizations and individuals have distinct core values. They are evident in their culture, language and lifestyle.
This month, we celebrate 30 years of Victory. When we started 30 years ago, there were certain core values that defined who we are and determined how we behaved. The 5 we will revisit are LORDSHIP, EVANGELISM, DISCIPLESHIP, LEADERSHIP and FAMILY.
Jesus is LORD. Lord means Master, Controller, Absolute Authority, God. He calls the shots and has the final say.
I remember when I first attended Victory in 1993, the banner on the backdrop of the stage was undeniably visible – JESUS PERIOD. It didn’t have the word period but it had the dot after Jesus. I had to write it to make it obvious.
This throwback picture below was taken in our 1998 Metro Manila Christmas Convergence.
And this was just not a nice banner. It was exemplified by our founding pastor, Steve Murrell.
He graduated from University of Mississippi with a business degree. He was supposed to take over his dad’s lustrous and flourishing multi million dollar business. At 24 years old, when he felt the call to go to the Philippines with his wife Deborah, they abandoned all ambition, acknowledged Jesus is indeed Lord, and took the plunge to go into the mission field.
What originally was supposed to be a one month long trip to Manila with 65 summer missionaries in July 1984, turned into a few months, a couple of years and now almost 3 decades.
It is easy to confess Jesus is Lord, but living it out is another thing.
This has become a model and an example for me to live by.
What does it mean for Jesus to be Lord ?
1. LOYALTY TO JESUS.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)
Lordship means living a life in allegiance to Him no matter what.
2. OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
Lordship means obeying what He says no matter what others say.
3. REPENTANCE FROM SIN
“Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2:19)
Lordship means turning away from sin no matter how pleasurable it may seem for the moment.
4. DEATH TO SELF
“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
Lordship means dying to self no matter how we desire to do what we we think or feel is right.
He is either Lord of all or not at all.
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