Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

I remember singing that old Hymn “Trust and Obey” right after coming to faith in Jesus Christ. One verse says, “Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, but our toil He doth richly repay: not a grief nor a loss, not a frown or a cross, but is blest if we trust and obey. Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, than to trust and obey.”

That sums up what we will be studying today. When Jesus was told that His mother and family wanted to talk to Him, He replied, “Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, ‘Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.” (Mark 3:33-35) Jesus was not advocating dishonor to our parents or telling us to shirk family responsibilities, but He was revealing to us that our relationship with Him must be primary and preeminent.

But this relationship that we have with Jesus must be based on trust and obedience to Him. Trust and obey is more than a great hymn; it is a foundational part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus asked the question, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” The point that Jesus is making is obvious. What is the point of calling Him Lord if you have no intention of obeying Him as Lord? James writes, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” (James 1:22) Jesus taught in the parable of the sower, the seed that is sown on good ground describes those who “in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15)

May The Spirit of God grant to writer and reader alike an honest and good heart that hears, heeds, and brings forth fruit with patience for the glory of God. Selah