A Spiritual Revolution 5 - Fulfil Your Role
Chan Gin Kai
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:46-49)
It is easy to make promises, form relationships and wrangle our way into desirable positions, but so much harder to live up to the commitments required in a relationship.
Some boast of a cooperative attitude during job interviews but become highly insubordinate to their managers after they get hired; and they wonder why they get sacked. Some clinch business partners and clients through promises of fruitful partnership, but refuse the hard work required to fulfil their role; and they wonder why the collaborations fail. Some make the sweetest vows at the altar of marriage, but are unwilling to devote their lives to making their spouse happy; and they wonder why they break up.
Everyone enjoys the advantages and privileges they can gain through relationships. But most often, we are more concerned about whether the other party fulfils their promises than our ability to fulfil ours. We want trust but hesitate to give it. We expect grace but seldom show the same. We demand what we think we are entitled to, but are lax when it comes to our obligations. We call people “spouse”, “parent”, “child”, “sibling”, “friend”, “boss”, “colleague”, “staff” or “client”, but struggle to fulfil our roles properly.
And we do the same to God. “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
To call God our King and not behave like loyal subjects is akin to treason. We cannot call Him our Father and not be loving children. And we shouldn’t call him Lord if we don’t want to obey Him. But hypocrites that we are, we want the privileges and blessings from having a relationship with God, but are not serious about fulfilling our part of the relationship. Jesus called out such behaviour.
Jesus went on to warn us about the test that will surely come. Obedience to God is not optional. If we do not build the foundations of our life by putting God’s words into practice, our weaknesses will be exposed. A house can look great on the outside, but storms, floods and earthquakes will reveal how it was built. Jesus did not mince his words, “The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
We risk complete destruction. There are consequences to sins. There is a price for the wrong that we do. If we choose not to obey God, we may lose everything we hold dear, even our salvation.
But it is not too late for us to rebuild on the right foundation, before the storm comes. We need to wake up from our self-deceit and see where we truly stand before God. We need to ask for His mercy and appreciate His grace. And we need to put His words into practice.
We call Jesus our Lord; let's fulfil our roles as his disciples.
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Chan Gin Kai
Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. In church, he serves as a mentor to young professionals in the EDGE Ministry. He describes himself as "just a sinner who wants to get right with God".