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Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
In Luke’s shortened version of “The Sermon On The Mount,” Jesus discusses loving your enemies, the sin of judging others, knowing a tree by it’s fruit (as a metaphor for knowing what’s in a man’s heart), and finally the issue of Lordship. Jesus says, “You cannot call Me Lord and do whatever you want.”
The word Lord has to do with total authority over others. But Jesus was not exacting His will in order to dominate us. Instead He was asking “His Followers,” then and today, to lay our WILL down to follow Him. In this passage He said, “You call Me Lord but you refuse to follow My WORD or My WILL for your life.” In effect He was saying, “You have the title of disciple, but you have no authority to back the title up because you have not come under My authority.” When we yield our rights to follow HIS Word, Jesus’ authority comes upon us in a Mystical way. To be completely HIS is to live as a representative of the will of God. Until we do, the old adage is true … “If HE Isn’t Lord of ALL, HE Isn’t Lord at ALL.”
Once again this AM, I do what the Apostle Paul did. I die to myself again. And because I do, I know Your mercies will be new to me again today. Amen