Daily Devotional: Day 94
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46, NKJV).
Jesus is Lord. But what does it mean for you to confess Jesus as your Lord? Jesus knows the heart of all who call Him Lord. The truth is, not everyone who calls Jesus ‘Lord’ is necessarily saved. For there are two groups of people who confess Jesus as Lord: those who make Jesus the Boss of their life and commit to doing what He wants; and those who call Jesus ‘Lord’ but will not let Jesus be the Boss of their life.
In today’s Scripture reading, Jesus poses a simple question which should pierce the heart of everyone who calls Jesus ‘Lord.’ He says, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” This means, for Jesus, it is not enough to call Him ‘Lord.’ If He truly is your Lord, you will do what He says. In other words, making Jesus your Lord means letting Him have His way in your life; acknowledging that He is your Boss and submitting to His Word. If Jesus is not your Lord here on earth, He cannot be your Lord in heaven, either.
As your Lord, Jesus alone sets the agenda and calls the shots. Your duty in this relationship is to do what He says and not what you want. Jesus will not accept lip service. He is not your Lord just because you say so. The real evidence is your obedience to His commandments and your submission to His authority. Jesus wants to be fully in charge of your life, because that’s how He can be the Savior you need. Make Him the Boss, and you won’t regret it.
Dear Jesus, you are my Lord. Take control of my whole life and be my King. Fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit and enable me to do what pleases you, all the days of my life. Amen.
For further study: Matthew 7:21-27