Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lord, Lord

Why do you call me, "Lord, Lord," and do not do what I say? ....But the one who has heard and has not acted accordingly is like a man who built a house on the ground without any foundation; and the torrent burst against it and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house was great. Luke 6:46, 49 (see also Matthew 7)

Hearing and obeying the words of Jesus builds a strong foundation in my life. Building on anything, or anyone, else will result in disaster. Too many haven't been trained to listen to Jesus. We listen to the voices of others and call it "Bible Study" or "devotions."  Listening to others can be good - but is not a substitute to listening to Jesus. For a strong foundation we need to know and obey the words of Jesus.

Why WOULD I call Him Lord and not obey? It seems silly. I've done it. Why?

  • Pride - I want to do things my way! 
  • Lack of discipleship - I don't KNOW what Jesus asks me to do. 
  • Hypocrisy - I LIKE my way, but I want it to look like I'm obeying Jesus. 
  • Fear - I'm not sure following Jesus is worth the price it may cost me. 
  • It will be difficult to obey if I have a false view of Jesus.
  • I don't know HOW to follow. 
  • I can't recognize Jesus' actions in my every day life. 
  • I've spent more time listening to the voices of others than I've spent listening to Jesus' words. 
"Why DO you call me Lord and do not do what I say?" It's a good question to contemplate. Am I calling Jesus Lord while refusing to obey? Why am I doing this? Why have I done this in the past? Why are those around  me doing this? Do I have any responsibility to help others know the answers to some of these questions? 

Choosing Joy!
©2014 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

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