“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and yet don't do what I tell you?
Anyone who comes to me and listens to my words and obeys them—I will show you what he is like. He is like a man who, in building his house, dug deep and laid the foundation on rock. The river flooded over and hit that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
But anyone who hears my words and does not obey them is like a man who built his house without laying a foundation; when the flood hit that house it fell at once—and what a terrible crash that was!” Luke 6:46-49 GNT
Could you imagine the difference Christians could make if they made the commitment to be fully available right where they are, right where they are placed?
Many Christians spend time wishing they were in a different place or in a different position instead of making the commitment to be fully available right where they are. God has placed us where we are for a reason and when He is Lord in our life we are fully available to Him for whatever purpose He may have for us.
Jesus asks the question, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and then do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46-49)
This question is a question that lands with a punch. It’s a hard hitting question that leaves an impact.
It seems like maybe He was trying to say, “Why do you act like we are close?
Why do pretend to have this deep relationship with Me and then do NOT do what I say?”
You see this was a question for those who claimed to follow Jesus yet their actions showed differently. But maybe it was also for that person in the crowd who really did believe in Jesus yet they had not fully surrendered.
For someone to call Christ “Lord” implies that He has dominion or control over your life; that you have surrendered yourself to Him. And let’s face it, there are a lot of people in the church that will call Christ, “Lord”, and then go out and live life by their own control and their own way.
You may allow the Lord to be Lord over areas you are comfortable with but you just ignore the areas you are not. You trust the Lord in some areas and you want to control Him in other areas. You don’t trust Him enough to totally surrender yourself, loved ones or circumstances to Him. You live in fear that He may not do things the way you want therefore you refuse to surrender and remain in control.
Sadly, you say you trust Him and try to convince others you are living by faith when you cannot convince yourself. You live in denial because you want things your way and believe if you try harder or prayer more or fast more, God will be persuaded to give in and do things your way.
This is religious spirits operating to keep one in denial, selfishness and in control of their life all the while assuring them they are in an intimate relationship with God.
All across this country in churches today you will find people who are doing that very same thing. They will go to church and they will refer to Christ as their Lord.
But they have areas in their life that go against everything that Jesus stood for. I imagine that Jesus would ask them that same question today, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?”
The fact is, either He is Lord over all of your life, or He isn’t Lord!
Matthew 7:21 says, “Not everyone who says to me, ’Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
A life surrendered totally to what He wants is what makes Him Lord in our life.
In verse 49 He says, “But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Knowing Jesus’ teachings and commands are not the answer for what we need.
Obedience is the answer; putting His Words into action.
You see it’s plain and simple. When you live your life with God’s Word as your foundation for everything you do then no matter what comes your way you will be able to stand up under it.