Can You Follow Jesus While Ignoring Him?
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” Luke 6:46
This week, I during my studies, I got stuck on this verse. Jesus is speaking to a multitude here. After asking the question, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not what I tell you?”, he continues to describe what it looks like using an illustration of a man building a house on a rock foundation, versus one who doesn’t. But, I want you to dwell on this verse.
This verse implies that there is more to being a follower of Jesus than just having faith and believing in your heart. This verse implies that there are some things we should be doing if we are truly a follower of Jesus. In other areas of our life, when someone has authority over us, we do what we’re told. But, for some reason, when it comes to what Jesus says, we have a disconnect.
This reminded me of a teaching by Francis Chan. Please watch this short video:
Today, I encourage you to to study Jesus’ commands to us. It’s disobedience to ignore what he says and I’m not sure we can claim that we weren’t aware of his commands on judgement day. Does this cost us our salvation? I’d ask, if we don’t try to obey Jesus, were we really his followers to begin with? I’m not perfect. I know that no one is because we learn that in his Word. But, at some point, we have to stop using our fallen flesh as an excuse and start fighting it. The battle is going, let’s suit up and fight.
I want to be done with lip service and give Jesus life-service. I am as guilty as anyone of claiming to follow Jesus, but not following his commands. I should be a disciple maker. I should be giving more to the poor. I should be giving more to widows. Jesus gave his life for mine. I want to give back all I can and do my very best to stop piling sins on His cross.
At some point, it may cross your mind, that this doesn’t line up with the thoughts that following Jesus is easy. Just say a prayer and start trying to live right. But, friends, Jesus had thousands walk away from him because what he was teaching was so hard. The rich man turned and walked away from Jesus because what Jesus asked of him was so hard. Yet, our culture today, likes to simplify everything to match culture. Jesus, God in flesh, wants our obedience and our trust. Once we’re willing to give him everything, he sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and guide and comfort us.
I hope that this initiates a study of your own at the very least.
God bless you today!
~ James Oliver