“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46
Well we’ve wrapped up our “Blessed” series (you can listen to the teachings HERE), and so this Sunday we’ll be heading back into Luke. And the very first word of the first verse in our next passage is a big one… the word is “why.”
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” In other words, “why do you say you are a follower of mine, but you don’t act like it?”
Jesus isn’t talking to the lost sinner. He’s drawing a distinction between the person who has made a verbal profession of faith, but still lives in disobedience; verses the person who pays attention to hear and do what Jesus taught, and practices it.
See, the person who says “Lord Lord,” but doesn’t hear and do what Jesus says, is living a lie. This person may go to church, carry a bible, have a Christian bumper sticker, even serve in some ministry capacity. Yet this person will sin against God just as a lost person might. Their life does not reflect the God they serve. Just as Jesus said earlier, it’s not what we say about our faith that proves it, it’s the fruit of our lives:
“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” – Luke 6:43-45
What’s needed in this case is a dose of reality: If I say I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, do I in fact hear what He says, and then do it?
The answer to that question reveals if Jesus is in fact our Lord.
We can change the world, one life at a time…