Scripture — Matthew 21: 28-32

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28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.   32 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 after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.


What matters most in this Christian life?  What we say or what we do?   Word or deed?  Neither son in this parable is without fault.  One is courteous and on the face obedient, but then doesn’t follow through.  The other is rude and disobedient on the face, but then ends up doing his father’s bidding.

How would our own lives fit in this parable?  Have we said yes to work in the Lord’s fields, but haven’t really followed through?   Or have we turned away from such calls, but then find ourselves in the fields at some point anyway?  How obedient are we to our Lord?


Dear Lord,

There are many ways that you call us.   There are many ways to serve you.   Instill in us an obedience that springs from our lips as well as our limbs, so that we honor you by all we say and do.