Through my readings of Matthew 21, I was drawn to the parable of the two sons.
A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, “Go out for the day and work in the vineyard.”
The son answered, “I don’t want to.” Later, he thought better of it and went.
Then, the father gave the same command to the second son. The second son replied, “Yes,” but never went.
Jesus used the parable to highlight that some people would hesitate to follow the Father, but would ultimately comply, while other people would say, “Yes” to the Father- but continue to do things their own way. Jesus said crooks and whores will precede you into Heaven (like the first son). John showed you the right road, but you turned your noses at him (like the second son).
This parable is a reminder of how people in my life can behave. As I try to witness and share the news of coming to Christ with some friends and associate, some listen intently in agreement, while others seem to listen but seem hesitant to act or believe in Him.
I especially look at this parable as a valuable lesson for myself. Am I being a light to others exhibiting love, grace, and kindness? Or am I quick to anger, judge, giving into material matters?
This parable is a good barometer to check if my actions are matching my words.