“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
Would you consider yourself a “follower of Jesus Christ?” If so, do you really follow Him? What a ridiculous question. Why ask a “follower of Jesus” if he or she actually follows Jesus? By definition, a follower follows. Of course you follow Jesus if you are a “follower of Jesus”…right?
Jesus posed a strange question, “why do you call me Lord…and not do the things which I say?” When He asked the question it was not an indication that He was puzzled but rather a rhetorical question to point out a lifestyle contradiction. If you consider Jesus to be your master, it’s only reasonable to assume that you would do what the master says. That’s what loyal servants do. A servant always does what his master says…unless he chooses to rebel against his master.
Have you noticed how casually and easily we use the title “Lord” when referring to Jesus Christ? Perhaps each of us needs to reconsider the meaning of the title. Consider this…
Jesus said that He was going to make “fishers of men” out of His followers (Matt 4:19). In other words, the life agenda for each of Jesus’ followers is to proactively reach out to men and women and introduce them to Jesus Christ. We are called to be lifestyle evangelists. That is what it means to be a “fisher of men.”
Research tells us that less than 5% of all professing Christians ever share their faith. So, let me ask you a question. If the Lord’s agenda is to “fish for men” why have we let so many other non-priority things come first? Perhaps we need to rethink our commitment to “follow Jesus Christ” and our calling as “fishers of men.” Is it time to recommitment ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is going to ask the question. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?” Today’s your opportunity to insure the title “Lord” is not just another word to precede Jesus and actually become a description of your loyalty, allegiance, and obedience to God.
So, who are you going to fish for today?