Posted by: pastordarren | April 7, 2009

Which One are We?

As Jesus continues His last week on earth, He tells us this short parable in Matthew 21:28-31a:

“What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’  And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went.   And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.”

The father gives each of his sons a specific task and each respond in different ways – obedience and disobedience; and do so in different ways.  

Jesus then finishes this teaching by saying in Matthew 21:31b-32:

Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.

Each of us can probably see ourselves in each of these sons and the way in which they respond.  May we work and live faithfully as we strive to live in obedience to God’s call and not to what we want to do.

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