Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
In my years of ministry, I’ve discovered that when it comes to counseling with individuals, so often helping people work through their problems is really just a matter of discipleship. It is really just a matter of teaching them God’s word and helping them grow in their knowledge of God and in their faith. Thus, the first question I always ask when beginning counseling with someone is, “Are you reading your Bible every day?” Sadly, the answer I am most often met with is ‘no’. This usually prompts me to take them to Luke 6:46 where Jesus says, “Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?” It is a curious thing that Christians will call Jesus their Lord--their King—and yet not do what he tells them to do, not live as he tells them to live. God’s word provides us with all the answers to all of life’s most pressing questions. How do I fix my marriage? How do I fix my relationship with my kids, with my parents? How do I deal with a difficult boss at work? How do I stop being depressed? How do I forgive? So on and so forth. Our lives are often a mess because we do not do, we do not live and behave and relate to others as God commands us to, and this is because we do not know what God tells us to do because we do not read his word. Jesus goes on to say, “Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” If you don’t want your house to crumble when the storms of life come crashing against it--read the Bible.
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