“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
The first son said “No, I won’t go” but went. The second said he would go but didn’t.
The first son did what the Father wanted. Why? Because, in spite of his words he went.
What does this tell us? Words are not what impresses the Father, but actions do. Actions speak louder than words because actions are what reveal the heart in a way that words alone can not.
In fact, words are often used to mask the true condition of our heart:
“I’d love to”
“Sure, no problem”
“I will do that as soon as I can”
“Yeah, I’m happy”
“I love you Lord”…
We can use our words to say these things, but do we mean them? Or do they mask the truth? How can we know for sure?
The answer is that our heart is best revealed in our doing. It is when we follow through and our words are matched by our actions that we know there is no duplicity or hypocrisy being hidden in our hearts.
What does this mean for the kingdom of God? Jesus is telling us, being outwardly pious and superficially religious does not cut it if you want to be His follower and please our Father God.
PRAYER: Lord, I repent for letting my words become light and meaningless before others but mostly before you. I ask you to search and change my heart, that I may be a person of true faith, being a doer of the Word and not only a hearer and so miss the opportunity I have to live pleasing to you. I ask for your grace today, in the name of Jesus, Amen.