“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.” —Matthew 21:28-31

            Better is delayed obedience, than a promise to obey and then not to.  How many people today say they will do something, but then they do not follow through and do it?  Then there are those who initially say they won’t do something and then change their mind and do it.  Even those listening to Jesus tell this parable understood that it was the son who said, “I will not” and then later went that did the father’s will.

            Jesus told the chief priests and elders “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” (Matthew 21:31-32).  So, on the one hand you had the tax collectors and prostitutes saying no to God at first, but they then heard the message of John, believed and repented.  They did the Father’s will.  On the other hand, you have the chief priests and elders and say they are following God, but are not and would not heed the message of John and believe.

            Beware of those religious people that are just going through the motions, but are not doing the Father’s will and believing Jesus.  Be sensitive to those whose lives are contrary to God’s standards, but are sensitive to the message of Jesus and desire to repent and follow Him.  Those are the ones to focus on and encourage!  May we do so!

Yes, Dear Father, please guide me to those who desire to have a relationship with Jesus— those You are drawing to Jesus and may I encourage them to call on Jesus to be saved.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.  So be it!

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