JESUS ISN’T LOOKING for flatterers; he’s looking for followers. He’s not looking for people to call him Lord; he’s looking for people to treat him as Lord. Apparently, this is for our own good. Jesus says that building our lives on obedience is like building a house on a firm foundation. When the floods come, the house stands firm.
A life built on obedience to Jesus can withstand opposition – whether worry, fear, doubt, or offense. Nevertheless, obedience is difficult, so Jesus’ question (“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”) is worth pondering. Why don’t we do what he says? Is it because Jesus’ words are difficult to put into practice? Is it because Jesus’ way is costly – in terms of time, money, and reputation? What entices us to build our lives on an unsure foundation?
– Matthew Croasmun
Let Me Ask You a Question
“From page 94 of Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus by Matthew Croasmun. Copyright © 2018 by Matthew Croasmun. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.
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In the letter he wrote, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”
2 Samual 11:15, NRSV
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