“Why do you call me Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” These are the words of Jesus our Lord (Luke 6:46). If we love the Lord and want to please Him, we can take these words quite personally. Reading them to ourselves, we can hear them as clearly as if He were speaking them to us directly. Reading them after we have failed to act, speak, or think like Christ, they can cut us to the heart. After all, we failed in this or that instance, and we know it!
Hearing the question of Jesus (Luke 6:46) we have to remember that when Jesus is teaching, His questions are not about merely acquiring information but rather promoting thought and conviction in His listeners. Jesus directly demonstrates the attitude demanded by true discipleship in the parable of the wise and foolish builders (Luke 6:47–49). The storms of life come against both the wise and the foolish builders; one stands the other falls. In Jesus’ illustration the blessing of the well-built house is that it stands the storms of this life, protecting the ones who live there, and glorifies the bedrock, Christ, upon which it was built. The foolish man’s house was built upon the changing surface soil, the ground of human philosophy/achievement (Col 2:8), and it collapsed in complete destruction (Luke 6:48–49).
The truth is that disciples of Jesus have always faced a world that would try to talk them out of true discipleship (hearing His words and putting them into practice), and into a false sense of hope and well being that is founded upon the surface of circumstance, the hollow and deceptive philosophies of men, and human effort rather than on Christ (Luke 6:49; Gal 3:3; Col 2:8).
The question of Jesus answers itself (Luke 6:46). If I want Him to be my Lord, then I do want to hear His words and put them into practice. Hearing His words and putting them into practice is discipleship. Discipleship has as its foundation the deity, deeds, and authority of Jesus Christ (John 20:30–31; 1 Cor 3:11), and a house built on this foundation will stand the storms of life, protect those who abide there, and glorify the Rock upon which it is built! Thus, the question of Jesus is supposed to both remind His disciples of what they really want and warn them that there is no other solution. As the Scripture says: Unless the LORD builds a house its builder labors in vain (Psa 127:1); Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness” (2 Tim 2:19). God, help us to hear and practice, so that we build upon Christ and not upon ourselves, in Jesus’ name, Amen!