I will, Sir
“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.’ ‘I will not,’ he answered but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did what the father wanted?”- Matthew 21: 28-31
What a masterful story teller Jesus was! He could weave together a parable to teach truths on many different levels. Here Jesus was making a comparison between the ‘religious’ leaders of his day and those who were responding to the gospel via John’s ministry and then later his own. Yet the lesson goes much deeper and begins with the word ‘Sir’.
That second child knew how to answer his father and make it sound good! ‘I will, Sir’ Few students come through any more who have been taught to say such niceties as Sir and Ma’am but it is pleasant when they do… of course, I can’t say much because we didn’t teach our children to respond in such ways. I have been trying to practice answering students with these words b/c I like hearing them and I think they relay a respect of others.
So this second child… the words were there but the actions were not! This thought is nothing new but a reminder is always in order… Actions speak louder than words! Going to church, talking the talk, and looking the part don’t mean much if we don’t follow through with the walk!
Lord, thank you for the Word, the teachings we have from Jesus, and the fresh reminder. I want to be REAL! I want my actions and words to strongly correlate! This world has too many religious people and not enough talking AND walking Christians. Help me to stay in the latter group! Amen!