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Over and over again, Jesus’ question played itself in my mind, and over and over again my response was the same — Ouch.
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” — Luke 6:46.
He is my Lord. He is my Master. He truly is! So, that begs the question: Why do I call Him those titles and give Him full authority in my life only to take it back and become lord over myself?
You might ask, “Now, Belinda, how in the world can you take back His authority over you and become ‘lord’ over yourself.” Well, it’s simple, really — way too simple. I could sing “He is Lord” on Sunday morning and then allow my anger to rule my conversations within my family the rest of the week, knowing full well that “the anger of man does not bring about the righteousness of God,” (James 1:20).
I could challenge others to fight against complaining during Wednesday night Bible study, knowing that if we do not complain, we will “prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,” (Philippians 2:14-15), and then complain that my coffee wasn’t sweet enough.
I could tell my kids not to be consumed with worry “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” and then end up with an ulcer worrying over the water intake of an injured chicken.
See what I mean? Why do I call Him “Lord, Lord” and then not do what He says?
I have no idea!
Fortunately, Christ doesn’t just leave you and I with a discouraging, open-ended question. He finishes the passage in Luke 6 with a great encouragement to those of us who choose truly call Him and treat Him as Lord. He says,“Whoever comes to Me and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like. He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock,” (Luke 6:47-49).
I don’t know about you, but that sounds pretty good to me! I want to be able to withstand the onslaughts of the storms — emotionally, physically, spiritually — in every way. I want to be able to handle anything life throws at me and remain steadfast and true to Him and His Word.
For that to happen then, I must not only call Him “Lord,” but make Him “Lord.”
Wanna join me?
Prayer: “Dearest Father, I am so very thankful that You have chosen to allow me the joy of holding Your words in my hands this morning. Please remind me throughout the day to make You Lord of my life — every last piece of it. Thanks, Father.”
Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and email@example.com.