deep relationship with me and then do not do what I say.” You see this was a question for those who claimed to follow Christ yet maybe their actions showed differently. But maybe it was also for that person in the crowd who really did believe in Jesus yet they had not fully surrendered. This morning we will look at why “Lord” needs to be more than a word on our tongue. The first answer is simple. Because calling Him Lord doesn’t make it so. The Random House dictionary defines the word “lord” as someone who has dominion over others. Other words, a person who has control over others. It’s surprising that the sixth definition that the dictionary gives for Lord is the Savior, Jesus Christ. But for someone to call Christ Lord implies that he has dominion or control over your life; that you have surrendered yourself to Him. And let’s face it, there are a lot of people in the church that will call Christ, “Lord”, and then go out and live life in their own control and their own way. Back in 1986 Glamour Magazine did a survey of 25,000 readers. Most of the women were between the ages of 18 and 35. In this survey 77 percent pray and 87 percent felt like God is always helping them or has helped them through a particular period in their lives. Yet, nearly half of the poll disagree with the church’s teaching on premarital sex and a third of them disagreed with the church on the issue of abortion. Now that is a convenient faith. You let the Lord be Lord over areas you are comfortable with but you just ignore the areas you are not. Now if that study was in 1986, how much more is it true today. I could almost guarantee that the numbers would be even higher. All across this country in churches today you will find people who are doing that very same thing. They will come to church and they will refer to Christ as their Lord. But they have areas in their life that go against everything that Christ stood for. I imagine that Jesus Christ would ask them that same question today, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?” There are couples in the church that are living together and having sex and aren’t married. Don’t get me wrong, I want them in the church, they need to be here. But there are couples doing that and living in sin and saying, “Christ is Lord.” If Christ was really Lord of their life they would be obedient to what God wants for them. If you asked many of these same people if they loved Jesus Christ they would say, “Sure I do.” But Jesus’ idea of love is different then that. Because He says in John 14:21 “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me…” He doesn’t say those who follow the commands that suit their lifestyle love me. He doesn’t say those who follow most of my commands love me. You see if you truly loved Christ you could not live in direct opposition of a command that He has given you for your life. If there was a true intimacy you would follow what He wants for your life.
Very well said!