The 4 L’s capture the major components of a vibrant and well-rounded spiritual life. They consist of:
LORDSHIP of Christ
Jesus didn’t come to be just a part of our lives. He came to be King of our lives! To confess Him as Lord means we declare that we, and everything about us, belongs to Him. Lord means “owner.” This is the starting point and the essential key to our walk with Him.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” (1 Peter 3:15)
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
The defining mark of a follower of Jesus is an increasing love for people, starting in one’s own family and extending to very difficult people. Relationships are filled with grace that comes from God in the midst of the rub and grind of life. Love does not come naturally. It flows supernaturally from a thriving relationship with Christ. The same kind of love He has for us begins to take hold of our hearts.
“Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” (1 John 4:7)
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” (Ephesians 5:15)
LIVING the Word
The Bible is a book to study, but more importantly, to live out. It provides the necessary guidance we need to live productively and happily. Although the Bible is a compilation of many books written by different authors over a period of hundreds of years, it is amazingly penetrating and practical.
“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)
LEGACY of Service
The mark of maturity is offering oneself as a servant to others. This is what Jesus modeled for us, and then commanded us to follow. We become his representatives to touch the hurting and teach the uninformed. We love to see families serving the Lord together!
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)
“But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)