Joel Plantinga

Read: Luke 6:43-49

Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and not do what I tell you? (v. 46)

According to a recent article in the Telegraph and Flightradar24, depending on the time of day and year between 13,000 and 16,000 airplanes are hurtling through the skies globally at hundreds of miles per hour. Supposing 100 to 200 travelers per passenger flight, more than a million people are in the sky as you read this. If you’ve ever seen a live flight tracker (and I don’t suggest doing this while waiting to board your flight), you can see why the people who guide the planes to their destination are not called air traffic advisors but air traffic controllers. (And why they’re so stressed, too!) If the planes don’t follow the lead of the controller, huge problems arise.

Today’s passage reminds us that the word “Lord” means something. More than a term of respect, using the word “Lord” is a complete and total surrender of ourselves to the care and control of Jesus. Obeying God is a fundamental requirement for every believer and opens the door to a life that bears fruit and allows us to withstand life’s storms. Obedience is the proclamation of your heart that God knows best and that his plans are best. Faith that walks bears fruit only when we’re walking in the right direction, which calls us to discern God’s leading and then to follow him. Calling Jesus our Lord and not living in obedience to him empties the title of its meaning. —Joel Plantinga

Prayer: Lord, help us to trust you enough to obey you no matter how we see things. Amen.