Why Do You Call Me Lord, Lord?

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Published: 17th November 2010
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Both Matthew and Luke recorded what Jesus had to say about people addressing Him as Lord and yet not doing what He said.

Luke 6:46 (NKJV)

But why do you call Me "Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?

Matthew 7:21 (NKJV)

"Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

Do you think the world would be a better place if everyone acted like Jesus did when He walked the earth?

Some people think that when I talk about obeying Jesus that I am trying to preach to them that unless you work you won't make it into heaven. They say anymore than saying we are saved by grace is a works based doctrine.

But here we have it in the words of Jesus. He says here that not everyone who says to Him Lord, Lord will make it into heaven. It's sort of like the parable of the ten virgins when the five foolish virgins tried to enter into the feast.

Matthew 25:11-13 (NKJV)

11"Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, "Lord, Lord, open to us!' 12But he answered and said, "Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' 13"Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[a] in which the Son of Man is coming. After living a life on earth with all the pain and suffering that goes with that, it would be a very sad thing to find that you are turned away from heaven's gate. I am firm when I believe that people who knew Jesus and lived a life that in some way served Him can and will be turned away in the last hour.

After the verse in Matthew 7:21 it continues:

Matthew 7:22-23 (NKJV)

22Many will say to Me in that day, "Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' 23And then I will declare to them, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

Many people assume the five foolish virgins and these people here that have prophesied and cast out demons and done many wonders are not Christians, and yet I am not of that belief. I believe that Jesus is serious when He warns us to obey His commands.

So what would the world look like if everyone who walked the earth walked like Jesus? What would happen if every person who believed Jesus actually walked like Him? Would there be a better world?


1 John 2:3-6 (NKJV)

3Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Wouldn't it be good if people had the love of God perfected in them? Wouldn't it be good if we could find people who loved with unconditional love and they would be able to heal and nurture even the most broken-hearted person?

These are strong words by John. He says that people who say they know Jesus that don't obey Jesus are liars and the truth is not in them. That sounds like the people who Jesus is going to reject when the time comes for judgement.

Mark 7:6-7 (NKJV)

6He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: "This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

Perhaps the biggest accusation that the non church going people have against the people who go to church is that they are hypocrites. Jesus is saying here that the people of His day who taught the Law of Moses and who told the people of that day how to worship and serve God that they honor God with their lips but their hearts are far from God.

Is that true of today's churches and the Christians? Does the average Christian obey Jesus in all His teachings? I speak to a lot of people and few know what Jesus really taught.

There is a little song I used to sing as a child that went

Trust and obey

For there is no other way

To be happy in Jesus

But to trust and obey

The writer of that song knew Jesus and in a simple song included the very essence of the Christian faith. Not every person hears the Holy Spirit speak to them and so to obey God in the things the Holy Spirit says might be somewhat foreign. But every person has access to a Bible and every Bible has the commands of Jesus in it

If you are not a Christian I hope that you will gain insight into what the Lord Jesus would have you live like if you were to give your life to Him. If you are a Christian and reading this perhaps it's time for you to come to understand the teachings of Jesus in a way that you might not have ever seen in the past.

We need more of Jesus. We need to obey Jesus. The more we obey Him the more He will manifest himself to us. For He said:

John 14:21 (NKJV)

21He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."

The more we love Him, the more we will obey Him and the more we obey Him the more He will show Himself to us. I am happy to be able to report that I have seen the Lord Jesus more than once in visions and I am happy to report that He talks to me and shares with me things that are on His heart.

I encourage all readers to read on and spend time thinking about each of the commands that are talked about here. The Lord will bless you richly as you consider them and start to live them out in your life.

Prayer in closing:

Father in heaven, I ask you that you speak to the readers as they read and that even today you might begin to answer their prayers and give them your peace. Father, just as you led your Son on earth, I ask that you lead the reader and speak to the reader through my words on the page and that in the end your Son may be praised on earth through the obedience of the reader. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.

If you have enjoyed my article you can read the book "The parables of Jesus made simple" for free here in its entirety or just selected parables in chapters at http://www.parables-of-jesus-christ.net/ The book will be published in book form in January 2011

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