“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is 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.”
Just knowing Who Jesus is won’t cut it in life. In fact, a person who knows about the Gospel and the Kingdom of Heaven can be more miserable than a person who has never heard. I’ve met many miserable Christians. I’ve been a miserable Christian! Knowing that Jesus is the Lord of all lords will be a horrible weight in your life if you don’t do what He says.
Knowing isn’t enough. Disciples are those who listen, learn and follow Jesus. We put His words into practice! We live them out. Paul told the Philippians to ‘work out your salvation with fear and trembling’ (Philippians 2:12-13). Hearing the Gospel is the commencement… the wonderful beginning! The abundant life in Christ is found in working it out in our lives.
Here in Luke 6 Jesus clearly makes the distinction of a strong, abundant life built on the foundation of Him and His teaching and the miserable life that is tossed around by the storms of life. The difference between having a weak or strong life is found in putting His words into practice. Hearing them isn’t enough. Knowing the truth isn’t enough. We must live out the truth of the Gospel. It’s in the living it out that the strong foundation is built.
Why would we call Him ‘Lord’ and not do what He says? We know that Jesus is Lord, but it’s the other side of the equation that our selfish, sinful selves struggle with. The New Testament is clear, we are ‘slaves of Christ.’ He is the Lord or Master. We are His servants. What slave calls his master ‘Lord’ and then doesn’t do what he commands? This is the question Jesus asks! “You know that I’m Lord, now live as My slave.” Ironically, it is in this ‘slavery’ that abundant life is found.
Lord Jesus, may I be known today as Your bond-servant. May I be found doing Your bidding! Lead me in the way everlasting and receive great glory through me… and thank You for this abundant life!