And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Lk. 6:46 KJV)
Jesus asked this solemn question as He taught His disciples about the importance of doing or obeying what God commands us to do. He did not give us an answer directly as this was not a question that required a response. He was making a point: calling Him Lord means He is your Master, and whatever He tells you to that is what you do. “Lord” is not a title of respect. It is not a title we call Him because we reverence or just merely have an emotional attachment to Him. It is a title that says “You are the Lord or Master of my life, and I have surrendered my will to do yours.”
Christianity begins with a man or woman receiving Christ as their Savior and Lord. Christ is not just your Savior. He is your Lord. In fact, you had to confess Him as Lord over your life at salvation ( Rom. 10:9).
The Lordship of Christ which implies our surrender to do His will is at the foundation of the daily Christian life. It is now more common to find Christians who think God exists to do their own will and what they want. They might even tell Him how they feel about themselves and expect Him to respect it and tailor His will according to what their feelings and desires. Whenever Jesus is not Lord over a life, sin, Satan and bondage will undoubtedly lord over that individual.
Remember that when you call Him Lord, what you are telling Him is that He is in control of your life. And if He takes control, you will enjoy eternal life until it overflows.
Does Jesus lord over our lives as a tyrant or His lordship is that of love? Will He hurt you when He assumes control of your life?
APPLY THE WORD
Are you surrendered to God? Have you resolved to do His Word even when it is the last thing you want to do? The key to a successful Christian life lies in your surrender to His control. You may hold on to your life to control it but the more you do so, the more you will lose that life and endure oppression from other lords such as sin, Satan and bondage of all kinds. He loves you, so abandon your life to His control.
It takes the power of the Spirit to surrender to God. Pray earnestly and ask God to help you make Christ the Lord of your life indeed, and not just in words.