This will be the late Food for the Soul until the 20th of July.
Matthew 21:28-32 NIV
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 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.
What an interesting little story. Especially the conclusion. I wonder how it felt to be on the receiving end of the last sentences from Jesus? It is a real challenge to those of us are pretty sure we are on the right side of the argument about things. What if we think we are on the right side of a religious argument. This passage ought to cause us to pause. I also wonder how many times I have been more like 'the second son' in my relationship with Jesus....
Lord, may I always be faithful to you. Amen.