“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.”- Matthew 21:28
How do you do when the battle is raging? I mean, when we have our moments of flesh vs Spirit. I am grateful for an Advocate we have to the Father that allows the the Spirit of God to work in our lives.
One of God’s attributes is He is long suffering, patiently waiting for the process of conviction to have its way with us. Our first response to God should always be “Yes Lord,” but the truth of the matter is when there is a delay, He is willing to wait for us to turn and respond to His calling and direction.
The parable Jesus presents to the chief priests and the elders is a story of two sons, one whom his father told “son, go, work in my vineyard,” in which the first sons response was “‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.” It goes on to say, “Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.” This parable was told to compare the tax collectors and harlots (first son) to the chief priests and the elders (second son) and lays out preference between the two.
“Which of the two did the will of his father?” If you have heard God tell you to do something and it’s eating you up inside, turn around, go back and do it. When you do you have done the will of the Father. The alternative is a state of denial which usually leads us to confusion. We can sometimes in our mind be saying “I will go” but in our hearts we never intended to show up. It’s the same old story of lip service vs actions. I believe God takes pleasure when He sees one of His children turn back and be willing to obey.
I can only imagine the mixed emotions this father had when he saw the resistant son at work and the willing son a “no show.” Sometimes it’s not the way we get there, it’s that we end up where we need to be. There is an aroma of sweetness when the outcome is in line with the will of the Father.
So, if you are still headed in the wrong direction, turn around, go back and fulfill the call of God. Amen!
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “There’s some task which the God of all the universe, the great Creator, your redeemer in Jesus Christ has for you to do, and which will remain undone and incomplete until by faith and obedience you step into the will of God.” – Alan Redpath
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, And my soul, which You have redeemed. Psalm 71:23