Today’s Bible: Luke 6: 46-49 New revised standard version (NRSV)
46 “Why do you call me‘ Lord, Lord ’and not do what I tell you? 47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words and acts on them. 48 He is like a man building a house, digging deep and laying foundations on a rock; when the flood broke out, the river erupted on that house, but it could not shake it, because it was well built.[a] 49 But he who hears and does not work is like a man who built a house on earth without a foundation. When the river overflowed on him, it immediately fell, and the great ruin of that house. “
Tim’s Devotional Reflection for Today
Check out the Meditation of the Daily Bread for December 2ndnd, where I write about the image of a building on a rock or a construction on sand.
Today I want to draw your attention to the question Jesus asked his disciples in the first verse of our reading, which comes from Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount, called the Sermon on the Plains. An important and challenging question is: “Why do you call me‘ Lord, Lord ’and not do what I tell you?
The title “Lord” means one who is in charge or one who determines the actions of another. The earliest affirmation of faith in the Christian tradition was “Jesus is Lord.” To say that Jesus is Lord is to affirm that he is the one who commands my life and the one I follow. Jesus’ question points to a challenge for all who call Jesus Lord. The challenge is really to do what Jesus told us. Here are just a few of Jesus’ commandments:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
May your light shine with good deeds.
Don’t be angry with your brother or sister.
Don’t insult others by calling them fools.
Make peace with the one you offended.
Don’t say more than ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to prove you are true; just be honest.
Love your enemies.
Pray for those who persecute you.
Be persistent in prayer – seek, seek and knock
Do to others what you would like them to do to you.
Be wise as serpents, and innocent as doves.
You love each other.
Some of the people who use Christian vocabulary live the loudest and loudest lives who have very little in common with Jesus ’life of self-worship, loving, disciplining and believing.
Can you hear the words of Jesus echoing through the ages? “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”