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And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?


[Phil. 2:24–30; Luke 6:46–7:1] And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Why do they call Him Lord, but do not do the Lord’s will; that is, why do they not acknowl­edge His lord­ship in their deeds? Because they only call with their tongue, and not with their heart. If their heart were to utter: “Lord, Thou art my Lord,” then com­plete readi­ness would abide in it to sub­mit to the one whom they con­fess as their Lord. But since they do not have this, their deeds do not match their tongue; where­as deeds always match the heart. All right, so there is no point in call­ing: “Lord, Lord”? No, not so. But it is nec­es­sary to make the exter­nal word match the inner word, which is the feel­ing and dis­po­si­tion of the heart. Sit and re­ flect upon the Lord and your­self: what is the Lord and what are you? Think about what the Lord has done and still does for you, why you live and how it will end. You immediate­ ly will come to the con­vic­tion that there is no oth­er way than to stead­ fast­ly ful­fil the Lord’s entire will; there is no oth­er path for us. This con­vic­tion gives birth to a readi­ness to ful­fil in deed what is expressed by the word “Lord.” With such read­ iness a need for help from above will be awak­ened, and from it the prayer: “Lord, Lord! Help me and give me strength to walk in Thy will.” And this call will be pleas­ing to the Lord.