Luke: Day 26

LORD, LORD – Luke 6:46, Isaiah 29:13-14; Ezekiel 33:31-32

Verse 46 is part of Jesus’ closing remarks in the famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). To properly understand what Jesus says in this passage we need to keep in mind these words weren’t spoken to the crowd, but to His disciples; that is, a group of “wannabe followers” that was a bit larger than the twelve official disciples He picked earlier in ch. 6.

It was to this group of hopeful disciples Jesus issued the challenge, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ yet not obey Me?” “Lord” is the Greek word kurios and means master”. By calling Jesus “Master” they were claiming a relationship that made them His servants. But Jesus had just given them a lot of teaching about how to live they weren’t complying with. So He issues them a concise, clear challenge: “Why are you calling me your Master but not treating Me like one?”

Who is Jesus to you? Is He your Lord / Master? What titles do you give Him when you pray? Consider carefully if what you call Him is also the way you treat Him.