For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. Matthew 21:32
We all had to clean our room as kids, but there are two types of kids. The ones who actually cleaned their rooms and the ones who just stuffed everything in a closet and hoped their mom or dad would not find it. If your parents were anything like mine, they always found the hiding spots. Even though they were frustrated, they would give me a second chance to make a good choice and clean up the right way.
Jesus explains the importance of obedience in the parable of the two sons. In this parable, a father tells his two sons to go out and work in the field. One of the sons says “no,” but eventually changes his mind and gets to work. The other son says “yes,” but never goes out to the field. Jesus asks His followers, “Which one of the two sons obeyed his father?”
Was it the one who said no but had a change of heart and obeyed or the one who initially said yes, but never followed through? God wants us to know that it is never too late to make the right decision. Just like the first son who told his father no but had a change of heart, even if we are sinners, we can still put our faith in God and choose to obey Him.
Living like the second son is dangerous. When we live obediently and righteously on the outside but are dishonest and deceitful on the inside, we are not obeying God. Our actions must match our words, even if it is tough. Making the right choices is not always easy, but God promises to guide and support us even when we struggle.
Questions to think about:
- Which of the sons do you most resemble?
- What is a difficult choice you had to make recently?
- Did you make the right choice?
- How can you remind yourself to continue making the right choices and obey God?