Luke 6:46, NIV: “Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?”

These words of our Lord penetrate deep into the hearts of believers. For on some level we each see where we do not do what He says to do. So often, such thoughts are regarding actions of sharing the Gospel, or some area of service. Or perhaps we think of the things we do that He tells us not to do; sins of submission, as when we cheat, lie, gossip, or harbor impure thoughts. Yet perhaps one area we may fail in that we do not readily consider is regarding the simple issue of faith. The writer of Hebrews tells us, “And without faith it is impossible to please God…” (11:6). From the Old Testament, to the New, it is made clear in scripture that to be obedient to God means that we put all our trust, hope, and faith in Him. We must take God at His word, believing that what He has said, He will also do (Rom. 4:21). And how far will our faith take us when we call Him Lord? In obedience, we can follow Him into lands He has not yet shown us. We can trust Him enough to face situations we cannot bear alone. We can learn that calling Him Lord is not only respectful of His Deity, but also mindful of His unswerving faithfulness to us.