Believe The Mic Drop
Posted on November 12, 2019 by America's Keswick in Freedom Fighters
“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” — Luke 6:46 (NLT)
During His time on earth Jesus became a master of the “Mic Drop” moment. Just look at the Sermon on the Mount and you’ll see many a moment where it’s a zinger here before it changes gears to a zinger there. Matthew’s account takes a few chapters but Luke’s will pick up the pace a bit. It’ll be in Luke’s account where, from outta the blue, Jesus will suddenly say to all those in earshot of His teaching, “You call me Lord, and you claim to be My disciples but yet you refuse to submit to My authority and refuse to do what I tell you to do.” As much as it pains me to admit this…it may be some two thousand something years later but this applies to modern day Christians as well. BOOM!!
So, what’s our problem? Well…I could say that we lack a personal trust in the God of the Scriptures and in Jesus Christ whom He has sent but that’s too many words. How about if I just quote Jesus and say, “Oh ye of little faith”? This isn’t just a statement made to a bunch guys stuck in a boat during a storm while Jesus slept. Au Contraire…He made this observation a few other times. I invite you to “Google” it and see for yourselves. Keep this in mind, He doesn’t say this to hurt us either, but rather to help us strengthen our faith.
In Matthew 5:13-15 Jesus says, “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” Do we believe this? Chances are that we do but Jesus wraps this up by saying, “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matt 5:16) Now folks may just go, “Oh…yeah. Glory to God, forgot that part” so I’m gonna borrow this illustration.
A group of college students were having a Bible study one night where they were discussing this passage of Scripture. More specifically they were discussing how we as Christians are supposed to be the Salt of the Earth. During the discussion they mentioned several of the uses and benefits of salt. Such as it adds flavor to food. Someone else mentioned that salt is a preserving agent and keep food from decaying. Then one young lady spoke up and said, “Salt makes you thirsty.” They all got quiet and the Holy Spirit began to convict each one of them because they knew it had been a long time since any of them had made anyone thirsty for Jesus.
So why do you keep calling me “Lord, Lord!” when you won’t do as I say? Well maybe it’s because we are spending too much time believing in Jesus and not enough time believing Jesus. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to know the truth and the facts about Jesus Christ but a true saving faith is little but more than that. James 2:19 tells us, “You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” Our adversary believes in God, he just doesn’t believe God. This is why he fights real hard to change the end of his Biblical story…and wants to take us for a long ride while he does it.
“Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” (James 2:26)
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10)
These two verses should serve as a reminder that doing what Jesus says to do, because we believe in Jesus and we believe Him, is the evidence of a true faith that channels the grace of God. It allows us to say, “I do good works because I have been saved.” Besides, folks aren’t gonna see the faith you have but they should see the results. So, let our words be seasoned with salt because people need to taste grace and let our light shine before the world, as if we are a city on a hill, because people need the light of Jesus. But, most importantly, “let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” (Gal 6:9) Amen?
Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) has been married for 25+ years (Kathy), has a married son (Kevin) and a daughter in college (Karen). He has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.
Think About This:“Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.” — A.W. Tozer
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. – Isaiah 30:18
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