“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. 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 NASB
Luke is here reporting to us the words of Jesus. The first sentence is a sermon unto itself:
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
It is indeed the height of absurdity for someone to call Jesus “Lord” without a regard for finding out and doing what He says. And yet there are people all over the world who have adopted this very approach.
The most obvious analogy for this is the British people and their royalty. British royalty have castles and crowns, festive clothing, and regiments of people to attend to them. Yet do the British people look to their royals for commands to follow? Not at all. They want their royals to show up, say a few pleasant words, and then stand there providing a regal backdrop to whatever important is going on. The monarchy in Great Britain is for the sake of pageantry, not for the sake of authority. Jesus is not interested in being this kind of monarch. He wants obedience!
As for the rest of the passage, notice that adversity comes to all those who hear the word of the Lord – whether they heed what they hear or not. Therefore, it’s far better to act on what we hear Jesus command us, for this gives us a secure foundation to withstand the difficulties we will surely face.
We’ve learned that the name “Jesus” means “The Lord saves.” Therefore, if we want the “saves” part, let’s make sure we take seriously the “Lord” part.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, as I’m silent this morning, please show me any area of life where I’m not taking Your lordship seriously. I want to make things right with You; I want Your peace…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.