Does Jesus cut it? Facebook, the fountainhead of material, produced this gem, “All ya’ll needing Jesus doesn’t seem to be working.” Luke 6:46 immediately came to mind in answer to that.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
True & False Disciples
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Here’s the key to ‘making it work’, it’s not words, it’s not even actions–it’s surrender. It’s hard, so hard that it takes an act of God to break down the wall inside you. (John 16:8-11). Naturally, we want what we want, but supernaturally, we want what God wants.
Our sinful mind before salvation was hostile and refusing to submit to God, it cannot please Him. Only those who live in accordance with the Spirit can. (Romans 8:5-8)
Get off your throne, admit God is God, and pledge fealty to Him. Confess Jesus is Lord, and enthrone him in your life. Trust with all that you have that he was raised from the dead after giving his life to pay for your sins. (Romans 10:9)
It’s the trust that saves you, and God justifies you for it (Romans 10:10). It’s that trust that makes you willing to submit and obey what Jesus says, a step at a time.
Romans 12:1-2 lays it out for us. Put aside any desire that doesn’t match Jesus’. Rather than being another pebble carried by the societal current, become a boulder. Renew your mind, which is where thoughtful Christianity comes in.
Live as children of Light, putting off your old life, and put on your new self (Ephesians 4:22-24). Anything that doesn’t look like Jesus needs to go.
This is hard!
Yes, it is. Impossible even, only one pulled it off, and he’s the guy that said, “If you love me, keep my commands.” What can you give the one who has everything? Your love and loyalty, that only comes from an act of will.
Because it will burn you out, he sent help. The Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17). The Comforter and Counselor in our lives (John 14:26). This constant surrender and time with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit will transform you (John 15:5-8).
You Can See The Transformation
- sexual immorality
- impurity and debauchery
- fits of rage
- selfish ambitions
Paul leaves no margin for error here. Those who consistently live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God, no matter if they say they follow Jesus or not.
We aren’t sinless, we’re going to sin, but we will sin less. John said this in 1st John 1:5-2:6:
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.
Live As Jesus Did?
Yes. There are good things that should be steadily growing and producing in your life. They’re called the Fruit of the Spirit, and it’s a by-product of the Holy Spirit working in you.
There’s no law against these.
I have yet to see someone who follows a command of Jesus and have it backfire in the long run. We stumble, but we keep going. For every issue, the Cross is the answer. If we could figure it out, why haven’t we yet?
There’s a difference between needing Jesus and submitting to him. We all need him, not all submit to him. Here at the Cross where he died for you, at the tomb where he rose in victory, and beside the Father in Heaven interceding for you, he awaits these words, ‘Jesus is Lord’ said with all the trust that you have that he died and rose as an atonement for your sins. What are you waiting for?