Friday, May 27, 2016

Why Do You Call Me 'Lord'?

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Let all the peoples of the earth
give glory to the Lord;
give him the glory due his Name,
and strength to him accord
 —Psalm 96:8
Suggested tune: Stracathro (CM)

Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you?
—Luke 6:46
Suddenly rose from memory to consciousness and attention the words: 'Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?'

'Good God!' he exclaimed, 'here am I bothering over words, and questioning about this and that, as if I were testing his fitness for a post I had to offer him, and he all the time claiming my obedience! I cannot even, on the spur of the moment at least, tell one thing he wants me to do; and as to doing anything because he told me—not once did I ever! But then how am I to obey him until I am sure of his right to command? I just want to know whether I am to call him Lord or not. No, that won't do either, for he says, Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? And do I not know—have I ever even doubted that what he said we ought to do was the right thing to do? Yet here have I, all these years, been calling myself a Christian, ministering, forsooth, in the temple of Christ, as if he were a heathen divinity, who cared for songs and prayers and sacrifices, and cannot honestly say I ever once in my life did a thing because he said so, although the record is full of his earnest, even pleading words! I have not been an honest man, and how should a dishonest man be a judge over that man who said he was the Christ of God? Would it be any wonder if the things he uttered should be too high and noble to be by such a man recognized as truth?'
 —from Thomas Wingfold, Curate, by George MacDonald 
Lord Jesus Christ, help me not only to confess with my mouth that you are Lord of my life, but also to live as you lived and speak as you spoke. Delivery me from hypocrisy, and give my life integrity...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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