In Luke chapter 6 verse 46, we see JESUS asking a very important question: “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
Now, the Bible was written a long time ago. For more information as to WHEN it was written, check out this link http://www.biblica.com/bibles/faq/3/ and it will answer that question. If Jesus were to walk on this earth right now, I know for a fact that HE would ask the very same question: “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?
I have found that it is very easy to SAY that I am a Christian. I have found it very easy to TEACH about being a Christian but I have sometimes found it hard to obey Christ. Earlier in my Christian walk, I didn’t understand the importance of obedience to Christ through His Word. I basically I thought that I could live my life the way I wanted to and still make it to heaven. Prayer was NOT a part of my life, but JESUS clearly tells us to pray in the following Scriptures: Matthew 6:5-13, Mark 11:22-25, and John 14:13-14.
I also found it hard to obey GOD and His Word where it says “Forgive”. I had many enemies. Yes, real enemies who did things to me that I thought I could never, ever forgive. I wanted GOD to forgive me, but I didn’t want to forgive those who trespassed against me. Some of the things people did to me did not outweigh what I had done to others. Unforgiveness gave me power over my offender, so I thought. I felt like I was hurting my offender when I refused to forgive, but I was only hurting myself. Jesus said, to pray this…”Forgive us our debts, AS WE FORGIVE OUR DEBTORS” (Lord’s Prayer).
Then there’s the part that I just thought I couldn’t obey. FORNICATION. How could GOD expect me to NOT FORNICATE. I was a Christian, but how on earth did GOD expect me to keep my body for the man I would eventually marry? What was GOD thinking when HE made that up? Well, I didn’t obey and it caused me problems. Yes. Ungodly relationships; heartache; and separation from GOD. Yes, God still loved me, but He was NOT a part of my sin. Mark 7:20-23
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
I was calling JESUS, LORD, but I was my own lord. I did what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it, irregardless of what God said in His Word. I called Him Lord, but was rebellious, disobedient, hard-headed, double-minded, and just plain ole out there while thinking I was good with God. I have since learned better. Do I miss the mark? Sure do. Do I get it right? Most of the time. There are still some things which I am working on (don’t judge me…lol) but I believe this: When GOD gets finished with me, I will be just what He intended me to be and I will have NO PROBLEM calling Him Lord because I will obey Him in ALL THINGS, on purpose, all the time.