“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46
Every person has someone who is an authority over them. Most often the authority is the boss or employer for whom they work. It is expected that each worker will obey the boss and do what is asked of them. If one does not do what the boss says, he will be reprimanded or fired.
Although the most common authority is a boss, there are also other authorities that are required to be obeyed. Police, guards, parents and others also are authorities to be obeyed.
Jesus asked the people why they call Him, ‘Lord,’ but do not obey Him.
The term ‘Lord’ is another term for master or ruler, authority. Very few people like to use the term ‘Lord’ in today’s society. It brings the implication of slavery or ownership and no one likes to be considered a slave or being owned by another person.
However, Jesus does own the believer, because He bought the believer with His own blood. He paid the price with His blood so that the person may have life. With this price being paid, Jesus has full authority over one’s life. He is the Master, the Head Boss.
Many will call Jesus, ‘Lord,’ but will not obey Him as Lord. They act as if His commands are suggestions or that they have the freedom to choose what they will obey or not obey.
Acting like this is a double standard and Jesus is not truly Lord in their life. They are not being wise, but foolish, saying one thing, but doing another. Those who do not obey Jesus will be cast out in the end. They will be rejected by God when they stand before Him.
Obedience is a requirement to follow Jesus.
As you believe in and call Jesus your Lord, you must be willing to obey Him. At a minimum Jesus tells you to love God with everything in you, love others, including your enemies, to be His witness and to make disciples.
These are just the beginning of following Jesus. As you do these things, God will guide you in how to do these things. This is where complete obedience comes in. It reveals if Jesus is really Lord in your life or not.
Ask yourself if you have really made Jesus ‘Lord’ of your life or not.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that Jesus will be LORD over your life; that you will hear and know God’s every command to you; and that you will obey God’s every command to you.