Years ago I stood in the kitchen of a rented home in Round Hill, VA, as the Lord pierced through the hardness of my heart with a Bible verse my then husband brought to my attention. The Holy Spirit moved so mightily inside me that I still remember standing there hearing the awesomely powerful – and convicting – verse.
Rest assured, God’s Word is more powerful than imaginable as He himself lets us know with this verse: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The verse the Lord gave me through my then husband that day which pierced through me was this one:
“”But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
Friend, do you realize what the Lord is saying to us in this verse? In plain English, HOW DARE WE CALL JESUS CHRIST LORD AND GO THROUGH OUR LIVES DAY IN AND DAY OUT NOT LIVING FOR HIM BUT LIVING FOR OURSELVES INSTEAD! NOT HUMBLING OURSELVES BEFORE HIM! NOT LIVING IN OBEDIENCE TO HIM! NOT DENYING OURSELVES, TAKING UP OUR CROSSES, AND FOLLOWING HIM (Luke 9:23)! NOT LIVING ACCORDING TO HIS WAYS BUT LIVING ACCORDING TO THE WORLD’S WAYS. NOT LIVING TO FULFILL HIS WILL FOR OUR LIVES BUT LIVING TO SATISFY OUR OWN FLESHLY LUSTS, OUR SELFISH DREAMS, OUR SELF-CENTERED DESIRES! YET STILL CALLING HIM LORD AND TELLING OTHERS WE ARE “CHRISTIANS” AND “I BELIEVE IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST” AND SUCH!
OH, THE AUDACITY OF US TO CALL JESUS CHRIST “LORD” AND TO CALL UPON HIM AND CRY OUT TO HIM WITH “LORD, LORD” THIS AND “LORD, LORD” THAT ALL THE WHILE NOT LIVING OUR LIVES ACCORDINGLY!
Tragically, I spent years after hearing that verse continuing to call Jesus Christ Lord and living for self. Mercifully, God almighty led me to repentance and has been transforming me ever since as He teaches me to live TOTALLY DEVOTED to Him.
If the Lord is bringing conviction to you through this message, please humble yourself before Him, seek Him in prayer, hear Him, and obey Him with the resolve to make any and all necessary changes in how you live your life going forward.
Love and follow the Lord with every ounce of your heart, friend. Call Jesus Christ Lord! And live for Jesus Christ as Lord! All for the glory of Christ, AMEN!