Jesus is Lord. He hears people call Him ‘Lord, Lord’ daily yet He has a message in relation to that. Jesus questions that act and from His question we learn that He is not pleased with people that call Him ‘Lord’ yet they disobey His commandments. Jesus asked this question in Luke 6:46. The message is that Jesus wants everyone that calls Him ‘Lord’ to do what He says. If you call Him Lord, you must make sure you also do what He says.
I believe that Jesus said this to correct an error that He saw with people of the time and not to condemn them. Surely the people that heard this message still had the chance to correct this error, just as the case is today.
Jesus is Lord because He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). He is the only way that leads to God and Heaven. According to Luke, if you call Him Lord yet you ignore what he says, you are wasting your time because He is not your Lord. In Gospel of Matthew 7:21 Jesus makes a clear statement that not everyone that calls His ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven but only he who does the will of God. Indeed calling Jesus your Lord is not good enough.
Going back to the book of Luke, Jesus added a parable on this subject to explain what it means for each case, that is, doing what He says and not doing what He says. In Luke 6:47 – 48, Jesus likens people that do His will to a man who built a house on a deeply dug foundation that is sitting on a rock. This house was never shaken when floods and torrent came. Applying this verse in our lives, we learn that he that makes every effort to do the will of Jesus stands, no matter what comes his or her way. When this person is persecuted, in sickness, despair, temptations, etc. s/he won’t fall and most of all, Jesus is happy to be Lord of such a person.
To those that hear His word but not practice it, He likens them to 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 (verse 49).
The words that come from the mouth of Jesus are a foundation to a believer. At one time Jesus responded to the tempter saying, ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth God’ (Matthew 4:4). In times of trouble, such a person cannot be tempted to consult mediums, sorcerers and magicians but rely on what God and Jesus has instructed.
If we want to make it to Heaven after this life, we must take Jesus’ words seriously. Be cautious to do what He says and live upon His promises. Jesus cannot lie neither can He fail to fulfill what He has promised. He is supreme in the whole universe. The moment you realize that everything in life and beyond is dependent on your relationship with Jesus Christ, you will live your life with understanding and soul shall be safe when you die or when Jesus returns.
Be blessed as you work at qualifying to call Jesus Christ your Lord. This is a continuous endeavor that calls for one never to grow weary in seeking what Jesus teaches.
Inspired by Reverend JS Msane sermon