"Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46, ASV)
How different our world would be if those who called Jesus “Lord” on Sunday lived under His lordship Monday through Saturday. Even Judas used the right words saying, “Hail, Rabbi.” He was witnessed also giving Jesus a kiss (Mark 14:45). Pagan Roman soldiers were clearly heard, as they looked at Christ and uttered, “Hail, King of the Jews” (Mark 15:18).
Lip service must harmonize with life service. Our works must complement our words. God is not impressed with how loudly we shout, “Amen,” or “Lord, Lord,” or how high we raise our hands in a worship service. He is truly gladdened by witnessing us faithfully reaching our hands toward the needy and when we seek the lost with all our hearts.
Religion that is real is more concerned with what a person is on the inside rather than how they appear on the outside. Our stability shows when storms come.
The Carpenter of Nazareth is right. There will be storms, but our Rock will hold us firmly during every trial. Choose the Rock, not the sand. One is wise. The other is otherwise.