Have you ever been frustrated by your child’s response to your instructions? My 13-year old son has this automatic habit of answering, “No, I won’t do it” whenever I asked him to do anything. Although it still drives me crazy inside, I’ve learned to simply wait because after some time he usually carries out what I previously asked.
This reminds me of the parable of the two sons Jesus taught us in Matthew 21:28-31 NKJV. “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.”” One son says no I won’t go but does it anyway. The other son says sure I’ll do it but doesn’t. The one who first refused is actually the obedient one because he did the work.
The truth is it’s not what we say that makes us obedient, it’s what we do. James 1:22 NKJV says “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” If we don’t act on God’s Word, we are no better than the second son who said “I go, sir” but did not.
What has God told you to do that you have not done yet? The time is now. Make haste to carry out His commands. For Jesus said in John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them it is he who loves Me.”
Lord enable us to be doers of the word. May we be quick to listen and obey to demonstrate our love for you. In Jesus’ name Amen. © Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.