|Luke 6:46 |
46 Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?6 [For Jesus to be your Lord, you have to obey him. A Lord or Master tells his servant what to do; a servant listens to his Lord and Master and then obeys him. From the Word of the Lord within: "Remember, every person who sins denies Him as Lord and Master. The King is where he is king." We call Him Lord while failing to even seek to hear His words to direct us; instead we tell Him everything we want Him to do, we talk about Him, sing about Him, and read about Him in a book, thinking that is how to please Him. As Jesus said: You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and they are those that testify of me. But you will not come to me, so that you might have life. John 5:37-40. To come to Him is to think on his name as you patiently and persistently sit in humble silence, waiting on Him as you listen, watch, hear, and obey. The words you hear Him speak to you are Spirit and impart the life of God to you as they are engrafted into your heart. John 6:63, James 1:21. When we wait on Him to hear Him and obey Him, we show our love for Him.]
6 Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? Calling Jesus Lord does not make Him your Lord. He is your Lord if He has freed you from all sin, if he has destroyed your carnal mind, if He has purified you, and if He supplies all your words to speak, all your thoughts, and all your actions to be done. If you are still sinning, you are a slave to sin, John 8:34, and if you are sinning, Jesus cannot be your Lord because you cannot serve two masters. You can call Him Lord; you can call Him Master; but so did Judas. Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves to obey, you are the slaves of whom you obey; whether of sin that leads to death, or of obedience that leads to righteousness? Rom 6:16.
Imagine if you were the manager of a group of employees. They called you boss, but never came to your office to be instructed what to do. Instead they met together singing praises to their boss, reading what their boss had written, but ignoring all the boss's written exclusions, requirements, and qualifying conditions of their employment. Further they could not even hear you when you spoke to them, but they always called you boss. I don't think you would be happy with them. Neither is Jesus happy with those who have never met him: they have never seen His face, nor seen His form, and yet they call Him Lord, while still sinning:
Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of heaven; but [only] he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful works?'
And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you who work iniquity' [sin, lawlessness, or wickedness]. Mat 7:21-23
Jesus rejected those supposed Christians who had prophesied in his name, cast out demons, and done many wonderful works — because they still sinned, and He never knew them because they had never met with Him: they had never exposed themselves to God's commands by sitting and waiting on God while listening to His spoken words that impart the life of God and are engrafted into their hearts, which in sufficient quantity would have freed them from sin.
Who is is that has truly made Jesus their ruling Lord?
Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh [the sinful nature] with its passions and desires [lusts and affections]. Gal 5:24
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity [lawless deeds, sin], and purify for himself a people who are his very own, zealous for good works. Tit 2:14
He who is of God, hears God's words. John 8:47
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me [they obey]. John 10:27
Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice. John 18:37