Luke 6:46 (ESV) – Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
It’s easy to say and harder to do. It’s easy to talk big and harder to walk that talk. Growing up, I heard somebody regularly say, “Your walk talks and your talk talks but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” Again, it’s easy to say and harder to do. This is true in nearly every area of my life.
· I find it much easier to say that I love my wife than to do the loving thing at any given moment.
· I find it much easier to say that I am generous than to give sacrificially to somebody in need.
· I find it much easier to say that I’m concerned about sound doctrine than to seriously study it.
· I find it much easier to say that I am pro-life than to actually volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center.
· I find it much easier to say that I want the best for my children than to sit down with them and teach them the best that God has for them in the Scriptures.
· I find it much easier to say that I believe God than to take a step of faith.
· I find it much easier to say that I love God than to keep his commandments.
When Jesus asked the crowd why they called him lord but didn’t do what he said, I don’t think it was because he was really wondering why. It’s a rhetorical question; he’s asking it to make a point, not seek an answer. He knows it’s easier to say than it is to do.
Sanctifying grace is connected to obedience. I’m not sure exactly how, but I know that it is. I also know that such grace is opposed to earning but that it’s not opposed to doing. To attempt to earn God’s favor would mean that I’m not trusting him for it. That would be an offense to Jesus who purchased every ounce of God’s favor for me on the cross and then gives it to me as a gift that is received by faith. But on the other hand, not to do what Jesus said is equally offensive to him and treats his gracious favor with contempt and shows that I don’t trust him enough to obey him.
Dear Lord, please grant me the grace to do what you say. I know that your Spirit is present in my mortal body, indwelling me as if I were a sacred temple. I know that your Word speaks clearly enough for me to know what I’m supposed to do. I know that I am surrounded by people who are willing to help me do the right things. And I know the joy that comes when I work out my own salvation with reverence and awe because you are working in me. I know these things. They are easy to say. But I am asking that you would especially bless me and our church family this Easter season with a measure of grace that turns saying into doing. Give us a greater understanding of your saving grace, the inexpressible gift that the Lord Jesus purchased for us through his sacrificial death on the cross. Please teach us what it is to both call Jesus Lord and to do what he says. For the sake of him who is Lord, Amen!