“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)
Last week’s devotional focused on our character. There are many qualities of character and today as well as the coming weeks, we are going to look at some of the qualities of good character. Part of our character is the result of our desire to obey God. So, the first quality of good character we are going to look at is obedience.
To be obedient is to dutifully comply with the commands, orders, or instructions of one in authority (American Heritage Dictionary). Our obedience is proof to God, and to those watching us, that Jesus is the Lord of our lives and that we are His servants. “To obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22). You see, God doesn’t want you to just give money to the church, He isn’t only looking to see how many hours you spend witnessing to others. It doesn’t really matter what you think you had to give up to follow Him. What He wants is our obedience.
Jesus is asking each of us this question, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). Any follower of Jesus who respects Him, should do what He says. How can we call Him Lord and not do what He commands? I wonder if too many of us think God must be talking to somebody else when He gave that command. Before we do that, before we think a command does not apply to us, we must remember that part of what defines our character is our obedience to Him in all He asks of us.
So, think over the past week, is there something God has told you to do, is there something He has whispered to you that you are not doing? Is obedience to Him a normal response and pattern in your life?