Have you ever thought about what it means to you to profess to be a Christian? Jesus asked a question to a group of followers in Luke 6:46: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord’?” That’s quite a question, isn’t it? Why do I call Him Lord? Why do you call Him Lord? It’s worth some reflection.
When Jesus said these words “Why do you call me Lord?” He also included a second part that gives His reason for asking it: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” Basically, Jesus is saying that it doesn’t make any sense that someone claims to believe in Him when the life of the person is actually the opposite of what Jesus was about.
In essence, Jesus is saying that a follower of His is more than words. A follower of Jesus has a life of action, confidence, and assurance based on Jesus’ teachings of love, peace-making, forgiveness, faith, humility, blessings, and doing good for others.
The context of this question is quite interesting. In Luke 6, Jesus, after taking time away to pray, was joined by a large crowd of his disciples, along with a great number of people from all over Judea, Jerusalem, and some coastal cities. They all had come to hear Him and be healed of their diseases. It was in this place that Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, and delivered what we call the Beatitudes. It was at this place that He taught about loving our enemies, not judging others, living a life that bears fruit, and building our life on a rock instead of sand. It was at the beginning of His story of the wise and foolish builders that Jesus said, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
Here’s the story from Luke 6:46-49 (NIV): “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
According to Jesus’ story, we will know what our life will be like when we follow Jesus, and we will know what our life will be like when we don’t. The metaphor used is a house. The person who builds their “life-house” on a rock will stand even during the storms of life. And anyone who hears the words of Jesus but doesn’t put them into practice will eventually collapse under the pressures of living.
How’s your life going right now? Are you crumbling from the struggles? Do you profess the name of Jesus one day, but forget about Him the next?
What would happen in your life if you lived based on the sure foundation of Jesus? What would change if you took Jesus at His Word?
When we dig down deep, like the scripture says, to lay a foundation on the solid rock of Jesus, we will have a foundation based on the Beatitudes, which are surrender, gentleness, contentment, an appetite for God, caring behavior, cooperation, and a commitment to God. We will also love our enemies, not judge others, and live a life that bears the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
What do you hear Jesus saying to you through this scripture story? Could it be that it’s time to not only call Jesus “Lord” but to also live like He asks us to live?
This week I have had to be honest with myself. I have made myself answer the questions that Jesus asks in Luke 6:46. Why, pray-tell, do I call Jesus “Lord”? And do I do what He says? I have been humbled. I have been blessed. I encourage you to do the same.