We have finally gotten to the last category of Parables of Jesus. If you are still following this series, well done and thank you for riding with me.
The last group of parables are referred to as parables about God’s values. The first parable in this group is The Parable of the Two Sons which is found in Matthew 21:28-32 and it reads;
28 “But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. 30 Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.
31 “Which of the two obeyed his father?”
They replied, “The first.”
Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. 32 For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.
God knows our hearts and intentions. The son who said he would obey and then didn’t, represented many of the people of Israel in Jesus’ day, particularly the religious leaders. They said they wanted to do God’s will, but they constantly disobeyed.
There are many people like that today. People who like the idea of following Jesus but are not willing to pay the sacrifice of following Him.
We don’t know the reason why the son who said he would obey didn’t obey. This leaves room for personal interpretation. He probably felt there was something else that was more important for him to do that day. Maybe he was discouraged by his friends. It could also be that pride entered his heart and he felt he didn’t owe his father anything. Distraction could be another reasons. It could also be that he became complacent and felt he didn’t always need to obey his father.
The above covers majority of the reasons why we disobey God’s instructions. It is dangerous to pretend to obey God when our heart is far from Him because He knows our true intentions.
Many believers who know a lot about God do not obey Him. Many of us don’t need to hear another message or to read another book about God. We have sufficient information already. We just need to act on what we already know. Some of us have become overly familiar with God. We have lost our respect for Him and we feel we can now rub shoulders with Him. Disobedience often occurs when we disregard the person giving us instruction. We tend to obey people who we hold in high esteem.
Some fews questions to ponder on.
Do you hold God in high esteem?
Have you lost your awe for God?
Some of us have made simple bible instructions overly complex so we can find excuses not to obey. Biblical commands are now up for debate because we now feel we have enough knowledge to fault the word of God. At the root of this is pride. The very thing that leads to fall.
A new believer embraces the word and takes it just as it is. Whereas most “seasoned” believers put every word up for a debate. The tax collectors and prostitutes received the word because their hearts were simple. The Israelites had too much information and were ready to prove why Jesus was not the Christ.
I pray that our knowledge of God will push us closer to Him.
God values obedience more than sacrifice. We have to stop trying to buy His approval with our sacrifices. All He wants from us is for us to obey what He tells us to do.
We were created to worship God; this includes our service to Him. I pray that our hearts are contrite and soft to hear and obey Him always.
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