Why do you call me Lord?
Why do you call me Lord and don't do what I say? (Luke 6:46)
One of the most common, and most dangerous, delusions in the Christian world is that you can accept Jesus as Savior, but you do not have to accept Him as Lord. You don't have to give up your old lifestyle or habits. You have accepted His forgiveness and you are done. Jesus forever put this myth to rest when He challenged the crowd, "Why do you call me Lord, but don't do what I say?" We have to understand that Jesus is either Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.
There is a big difference between knowing who Jesus is, and actually having a relationship with Him. For many people, religion is just following a list of do's and don't's, but they never really have a relationship with Christ.
I read a story recently of a woman who was married to an egotistical and harsh husband. Some days, before leaving for work, he would give her a list of things which he wanted done during the day. If she did not complete every task on the list, he would explode in anger at her and beat her. Even if she did complete everything, he would not be satisified with her work or would complain about how she did each task.
After enduring his beatings and tirades for many years, her husband passed away. She would later marry a Christian man who loved and cherished her, not for what she done, but just for who she was. One day, she was looking through a box of old records and papers and came across one of the lists from her previous husband. As she read it, a sudden realization caused her to weep tears of joy. She was still doing the things on the list. But she was doing them, not because someone was telling her to do them, not because she felt obligation or fear, but just simply because she loved her husband and wanted to please him.
This is what is unique about the age of grace. We don't perform works to get into heaven, we do them because we are going to heaven. Not because we serve a taskmaster, but because we have a loving and merciful Father whom we desire to please. And we are not His slaves, but we are His sons.
"Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." (Galatians 4:7 KJV).