“What do you think? A man had two sons. Now he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ “‘No, I don’t want to,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went. “The father said the same thing to the other son, who replied, ‘Yes, sir.’ But he didn’t go. “Which one of these two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first one.” Jesus said to them, “I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering God’s kingdom ahead of you. For John came to you on the righteous road, and you didn’t believe him. But tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. Yet even after you saw this, you didn’t change your hearts and lives and you didn’t believe him (Matthew 21:28-32, Common English Bible).
Yesterday I talked about the idea that when I was a kid, if I had said no to my father’s request that I mow the yard, there would have been consequences. Had I said no but went ahead and did the work, my dad probably would have been happy, except for one thing. The reason I would have followed through despite my words would really be pretty simple, consequences.
As bad as it might have been, to be the second son would have been even worse. Rule number one in the Broyles home (both my father’s and mine), always tell the truth and to say I would do something and then not follow through, without a really good reason, was not being honest. Honesty is always important.
I couldn’t blame my dad and he very successfully taught me honesty. In the parable the second son told his father he would go out and take care of the yard, as it were. That would be great. The only problem was, for some reason, Jesus doesn’t tell us why the second son doesn’t keep his word to his dad, we only know that he didn’t. Was there a good reason? Possibly but the silence would indicate otherwise.
The question all of us must decide is, can others count on us to follow through with the commitments we make? What we say matters. How we follow through on what we say matters even more.
How do you follow through on what you say?
Have a blessed day in the Lord?
Joy and Thanksgiving,
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