Saying “Lord” and Meaning It

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Don’t make the mistake of calling Jesus “Lord” with your words but then not treating him as Lord of your life. Let your loyalty show.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46 niv)

The charge of hypocrisy is thrown at Christians almost gleefully and often with little justification—other than the fact that we’re actually human. But sometimes it’s warranted, and Jesus’ words point to one of the most common reasons. We call him “Lord” without actually treating him as our authority. We recognize who he is without bowing before him. We say we follow him, but we don’t really follow.

That isn’t always true, of course. None of us is 100 percent in sync with Jesus, but many sincerely seek to follow him in every area of life and do pretty well at it. Even so, Jesus asked this penetrating question not to strangers but to people who were hanging on his words. In his eyes, it wasn’t enough that they were listening or that they were seeking him out. His desire is for followers to actually follow.

Don’t make the mistake of calling Jesus “Lord” with your words and not treating him as Lord in your life. Let your loyalty show. As you read his words, ask him how he wants you to apply them. Then do. A life that integrates words with actions is a powerful thing.

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