Monday, June 8, 2015
"Its Our Choice"
"But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.'
He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went.
Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go.
Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him." Matthew 21:28-32
Jesus asked the pharisees which son did the will of his father, the one who said, "No," but did what was asked or the one who said, "Yes," but didn't. So what do you think? If you answered, "The first," like the pharisees you would be correct as well. The first son, even though he started out refusing to do his father's will changed his mind and made the choice to ... obey.
Today we are talking about the choices we make and as you can see in this parable it is easy to recognize that its not just about the choice you say you make but what you do that matters most. The truth is that we all at various times in our life can relate to both theses sons. But as believers we need to try to be willing and obedient to the Father's will. It is our job to hear Him and to obey His word in our lives.
Jesus set the best example possible! He not only heard the Father but always did what the Father said. The truth is it is always about choice. We will always have to choose the same way these two sons did. Will we do the work of the Father or not? Will we like Jesus say, "Not my will but thy will be done." Do we as sons and daughters of the Most High God really mean it when we pray and say, "Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
The point of today's message is simply a reminder that you and I like these two sons make our own choice and our choice is made with more than with just our words but our actions as well. Remember '...whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31 We should also remember that our choice needs to be made with this in mind - Obedience to the Father's will is important!