Parable of the Two Sons: Seeing yourself in the scriptures.
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The Parable of the Two Sons
Bible Lesson: The Parable of the Two Sons
28"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.'
29" 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30"Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go.
31"Which of the two did what his father wanted?"
"The first," they answered.
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For 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.
The Parable of the Two Sons
For the longest time I did not give this parable "The Parable of the Two Sons" from the Bible that much significance other than one brother said “No” and then went to work in the vineyard and did the better thing. The other brother said, “Yes” and didn’t go to work in the vineyard; a bad thing. I sided that I was one of the humble believers; and from there I simply moved on.
I never really looked closely at this parable or understood it until I saw myself in the parable. Then it hit me! How often do we tell God that we will do something and then don’t do it?
I think of when I was a young kid my parents would tell me to “wake up!” to make my bed, to clean my room. I always said “Yes.” I didn’t want to argue; I just wanted them off of my back and just hoped that they would go away and somehow forget that they had asked me to do something. I didn’t want an argument and I wasn’t looking for punishment for the consequences of not obeying.
I would figure that I wasn’t lying; I would get to it eventually! Eventually I knew they would come down on me and make me do it; eventually they would have to stand over me and make sure that I did it or face the consequences! Does any of this sound familiar to you?
How often do we tell God that we will obey his will and don’t?
God: “Are you going to church Sunday?”
“Yes, of course” and then we don’t go because of some feeble excuse. “There’s a big game this Sunday, but I’ll be sure to go next Sunday.”
God: “Will you tithe?”
“Yes, of course" and then you only give God that one single dollar bill. “I can only give you one-dollar today because I have bills due now?
God: “Will you use your gifts and talents today?”
“Yes, sure, of course I will as soon as I’m not quite so busy.”
God: “Will you volunteer your time?”
“Oh Yes Lord, I really want to; I’ll be able to volunteer next year when I have more time.”
Do any of these excuses seem familiar to you? How often do we tell God “Yes” and then fail to obey? Do we really think that God is going to forget? Do we really think that there aren’t any consequences for this disobedience?
God does not put up with any insincerity, procrastination, and complacency of being luke-warm Christian disciples! We are called to be doers of he Word; not just good talkers.
Now that you know these things,
you will be blessed if you do them.
A one-dollar bill met a 20-dollar bill and said, “Hey, where have you been? I haven’t seen you around here much.”
The twenty answered, “I’ve been out at the casinos, went on a cruise and did the rounds on the ship, back to the United States for a while, went to a couple of baseball games, to the mall, that kind of stuff. How about you?
The dollar bill answered, “You know, the same old stuff, church, church, church.”