Some of the most penetrating teachings of Jesus come in the form of questions. Luke renders this portion of The Sermon on the Mount different than Matthew’s (7:21-23), but Luke is making us think carefully about how we respond to Jesus’ teaching. ““Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46). Was Jesus’ teaching just good literature as many say, or an ideal way of living in this world, or, does it speak to our hearts with the authority that it really has.
God took this same approach with Israel through the prophet Malachi (1:6), the last book written in the Old Testament.
· “If then I am a father, where is my honor?”
· “If I am a master, where is my fear?”
God’s questions through the prophet Malachi and the questions Jesus asked are intended to make us examine ourselves. Do we give ‘lip service’ to the Scriptures and the outward appearance that we are in agreement, but inwardly and through our actions we deny their authority. The principle of being a disciple means that we obey what our Lord and Teacher has told us to do (John 13:13). Obedience was a prime principle for being a disciple (Matthew 28:20). To call Jesus “Lord” and then not obey His teaching and the Scriptures He has inspired is evidence that our love for Him is not genuine. “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (John 14:23).
If we think that this test is too severe, remember how Jesus tested Peter in John 21:15-19. The proof of genuine love for the Lord is that we “follow” Him! That word refers to a close walk in His footsteps. Is the Lord putting your ‘profession’ to the test? As Luke 6:47-49 shows, your obedience or lack of obedience will show what your foundation is, rock or sand. Are you passing or failing the test?
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