Read: Luke 6:43-49
Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and not do what I tell you? (v. 46)
A 2013 article in the Boston Globe reveals the increasingly fractured relationship between patients and physicians. In the past decade, data indicates that a staggering number of Americans leave hospitals against their doctor’s advice, never bother to fill prescriptions, and decline recommended age-appropriate medical screenings. Sadly, many of us are only moved to action when a health crisis radically disrupts our lives. Medical insurance is a costly privilege, and yet many of us reject the very individuals trained to guide us down a path of health.
In today’s reading, Luke—a physician—shares a wide-ranging sermon Jesus delivers after a night of prayer. Luke’s discourse ends with Jesus offering an analogy that illustrates the folly of disobedience. The obedient individual is like someone who builds their house on a sure foundation that enables them to withstand the storms of life, but the disobedient individual does the opposite and suffers great ruin. Why would we refer to Jesus as “Lord” (a word that can also mean “master”) and yet reject his wise counsel?
Jesus’ claim to our obedience is not without warrant. The gift of love demonstrated in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross should forever demonstrate that our Lord has our best interests in mind. Previous generations of Christians referred to God as the “Great Physician.” Let us recognize that Jesus is one doctor we can trust. —Duane Loynes
Prayer: Lord, help us to trust your Word and be diligent to obey it.