The Christian’s reality should guide his feelings. To be in Christ, to know God, to have the Spirit indwelling, ought to influence every thought, motive, action, and feeling of the saint.
Christ as Lord is both positional and functional. Not only was he exalted as Lord in glory, but he functions as the final authority. So the confession “Jesus is Lord” means that a person must not only acknowledge his position, but respect his function by submitting to his commands. So for him to be our Lord and Savior, it must be in this order.
“I firmly believe there is no life like the Christian life. There is no better way to live on planet Earth than as a devoted disciple of Christ! This is not surprising since God has created us to serve Him; it logically follows, therefore, that we would find the most satisfaction (i.e., a truly abundant life) laboring to fulfill our God-given function. Such a person will likely not make the most money or be the most popular, but they will have joy, peace, and purpose beyond that which the world can fathom (cf. Phil. 4:6,7).” —Stephen R. Bradd