With lordship comes obedience
In Luke 6 Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people, and He asks an important question:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like..”. (Luke 6:46-47)
Jesus is making an important point here: With lordship comes obedience. If Jesus is really the Lord of our lives, we’ll obey His words.
Jesus could be many things to a person: A great teacher, or a prophet, a humble man, someone who was misunderstood, or simply a man who died for what He believed. In each of these cases, His words may be good principles to live by, but not necessarily words to live by.
However, if Jesus is truly the Lord of your life, then His words are much more than good principles. If Jesus is truly Lord, then His words are life, and true followers of Jesus Christ will take in His words, and live by them.
Jesus isn’t Lord because we obey Him, we obey Him because He is Lord!
Further, we shouldn’t look at obedience to Jesus words from a perspective of “He’s God, so I have to obey them…” The reason we obey Christ is because His words are life, and those who live by them will be blessed, in this life and in the next.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 1:22-25)
We can change the world, one life at a time…