A good question to ponder

While reading my bible or should I say while listening to my bible, I got to thinking that in Luke chapters 6 and 7 Jesus is telling us how things “actually work.” We often find ourselves doing things our own way and in our own strength and wondering why God is not with us or near us or answering us? We feel like we have been going two steps forward and one step back. Sometimes it is a season of life that we are going through and sometimes there is something more to it. Sometimes God lets us work it out and other times he waits for us to come to him when we are ready to hear him and do what he tells us to do.

In Luke Jesus tells us a story about building your house on the rock. How we should make the foundation on the rock so when the storms come (and they will come) and the wind blows we don’t get blown away. Jesus is saying, you know, you just can’t hear what I am saying, you have to do what I say. You have to live it, live it out in your life. Don’t smile and nod, do something, be active about what I am telling you.

So this is our challenge. We can’t mingle our will and God’s will together for a magic potion.  Sure sometimes it might work out, but sometimes it might not. Sometimes we are left wandering what happened and where’s God in our lives? Like life has punched us in the face and we are knocked out. Eventually like a house built on sand (or mingling God’s will and our will) the house will, or our lives will, or we will, surely collapse.

So Jesus is saying when you dig deep and lay your foundation on rock (on him) then when the storms of life come along you will be fine and you will not be shaken and you won’t be knocked out!

Jesus says in Luke 6:46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? We often want to call out to Jesus BUT we still don’t want to do what he says or do his will. We want to call him Lord and still be the Lord of our lives. What did Jesus mean when he says the word “Lord”? He meant Lord, as in “Lord and master.” Not our will be done but God’s will be done.

In the Farlex dictionary it defines Lord as:

1. A man of high rank in a feudal society or in one that retains feudal forms and institutions, especially:

a. A king.
b. A territorial magnate.
c. The proprietor of a manor.
2. Lords The House of Lords.
3. Abbr. Ld. Chiefly British The general masculine title of nobility and other rank:

a. Used as a form of address for a marquis, an earl, or a viscount.
b. Used as the usual style for a baron.
c. Used as a courtesy title for a younger son of a duke or marquis.
d. Used as a title for certain high officials and dignitaries: Lord Chamberlain; the Lord Mayor of London.
e. Used as a title for a bishop.
4. Lord

a. God.
b. Christianity Jesus.

a. A man of renowned power or authority.
b. A man who has mastery in a given field or activity.
c. Archaic The male head of a household.
d. Archaic A husband.

I am suggesting that we can’t have two masters or two Lords of our lives. If we want to serve the Lord and do what God has asked us to do. We can only have one master. Only one master over our thoughts and decisions. We need to come before the “Lord” and put his will before our own. As you walk in the Lord, you will want to do God’s will, even over small matters. Don’t be too hard on yourself or others. There is no condemnation in Christ. We are all a work in progress and you certainly can not run before you can walk. It takes practice and time to submit to God and his perfect will. And be able to call him Lord and mean it, in every sense. He knows we will make mistakes, he knows our hearts. Thank the Lord that he is truly bigger than our  mistakes and stubbornness. I loved hearing Jesus be plain and ask a simple question in Luke 6:46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?. I wander if Jesus was frustrated or was thinking… argh. Let me make it simple for you!

I think it is a good question to ponder on.

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