Reserved Obedience

A fable reports that when Franklin D. Roosevelt died, he went to heaven, where he was welcomed by Moses.

“Are you the Roosevelt that was just President of the United States?”

“The same.”

“Ah, Franklin, you have my sympathy. I think it’s a shame the way the world ignored your Four Freedoms,” said Moses.

“Well, I suppose everything is relative,” answered Roosevelt. “Your Ten Commandments aren’t faring any better!”

In Luke 6:46, Christ asked, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do the things which I say?”

To better understand what Jesus was saying, it is noteworthy that repeating a person’s name is a Hebrew expression of intimacy.

On Mount Moriah, God called out to Abraham, “Abraham, Abraham” (Genesis 22:11).

God encouraged Jacob to go to Egypt despite his old age, by repeating “Jacob, Jacob” (Genesis 46:2).

When God called Moses, He said, “Moses, Moses” (Exodus 3:4).

David cried with deep distress and love, “Absalom! My son, my son, Absalom!” (1 Samuel 3:10)

In addition, Jesus cried on the cross, “My God, my God” (Matthew 27:46).

One writer added, “Some pretend to have a deep relationship with Christ, but this claim is not borne out in their lives. There are many who say, ‘Lord, Lord,’ while in fact they live in contempt for Christ’s commandments. ‘If a man love me, you will obey what I command,’ said Jesus (John 14:15).”

Perhaps the most beautiful reply to, “What is faith?” was given by a young child who answered, “Faith is doing God’s will, and asking no questions.”

“The most fitting response to undeserved blessing is unreserved obedience.”

Pastor David  Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

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