Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say….(Lk 6:46).
Following Jesus is hard. The implications of calling Him “Lord” come with great responsibility. We cannot ignore the weightiness of his name, nor reject the personal obligation that comes with being one of His called out ones.
The word for “Lord” in the original language is “kyrios” it means, “he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord.” When the heart belongs to Jesus, it is free to live on mission for Him. When the heart holds onto its own way, it does not know Jesus as Lord. Yes, we can call Him Lord with our mouths, but Jesus doesn’t separate obedience to Him from knowing Him. To love Him is to call Him Lord and follow Him thusly. We cannot detach the two.
My reasons for not always doing what Jesus says is because I’m fearful and prideful. I have found Him in my own finite mind to be insufficient and lacking. I ascribe to Him the same puny power I see within mankind. I have been foolish to entertain such ignoble thoughts of Him.
When I buy a car, I own it. I use it for the purposes it was made for. The car doesn’t tell me how it’s supposed to be used. It doesn’t say, “I will not drive you to work today, I want to be a tree!” Why then do we argue with God over how He has made us? Much of our problems in life are not because God did not give us what we wanted, but because we cannot submit ourselves to the master’s plan. We do not want to obey Him as Lord, because we want to be our own lord.
The ownership of my life falls into the hands of a loving God whose purposes for me are good. As we submit our lives to the Lord of all creation we find peace in our hearts. As we obey, God raises us up in His time for His purposes. As we call Him Lord, there lies a great responsibility. For we were bought by Him at a price. The very price of His own Son.
Rebellion within the heart only reveals our personal desires to live as our own lord. It only casts light on our insecurities. We have a choice to live in light of His Lordship or try to carry our own. Until rebellion in the heart dies, we will never live in the fullness of the grace and power of God to know Him as Lord.
Lord, I submit to you. I trust you. I don’t always get it right and I still have a long ways to go, but I trust in your goodness. I want to follow you as master of my life. I want you to be King of my heart. God, I am quick to want my own way. I am quick to offer up a life of sacrifice when it feels good, but it is hard for me to do it when it comes at a cost. Forgive me for my lack of faith, in Jesus name, Amen.