Today’s Devotional comes from the book ofMatthew 21: 28-30
28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ 29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. 30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?”
They said to Him, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.
It’s interesting to note the two distinctions between the two sons. The First son was not really wanting to do what His Father asked of him, but after careful consideration of his arrogance and obstinate behavior towards his father, he felt guilt and decided to act in obedience to his Father’s request in order to reconcile back into his father’s good graces. The Second son claimed he would fulfill his Father’s request but ended up being all Lip service and no action.
These two sons are Characteristic of two types of Christians.
The Character of the First Son: There will be times when we are asked to do something that we don’t want to do by our Father in Heaven because of fear and also the weight of the task may seem overwhelming or just tedious; however, despite this, we ought to act in obedience nevertheless. When I think about this, I think of Moses and Gideon who were called out by God Himself to become the chosen deliverers for the Children of Israel out of the hand of their oppressors. However, they too had excuses to disqualify themselves from becoming God’s “Called Out Ones” (the Ekklesia; greek), nevertheless, they still satisfied and answered to the call on their lives despite their reluctance. They are great examples of the First Son’s character to the Father’s will.
The Character of the Second Son: Those that claim they will do something for God and don’t are hypocritical, unreliable, untrustworthy, double-minded and disobedient. The nature of the Second Son is Characteristic of a Son of Disobedience (Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 3:6).
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
Disobedience to the Fathers will is the fruit of the Second Son. The Second son was all Lip-service with no action. As it says in the Word (the Bible), Faith without works is dead (James 2:20) and this son compromises his faith in his father by this willful act of disobedience. It is clear that the second son simply desired to satisfy his Fathers ears by acting compliant to his request in order to get him to leave him alone to his other devices, when clearly he had no intention of satisfying his father’s request. He operated in disobedience of the Father’s will by feigning obedience to his father. Such a character is self-seeking and pretentious in its actions that it is also considered to be a form of false humility.
For those that have followed my blog for a while you will already know that I have spoken about false humility and the importance of detecting it several times with great emphasis because it is something I see in operation to this day. I can tell you by just looking at these two sons, that the first son chose the path of Humility to do the Father’s will even though his initial reaction to his Father’s request was one of arrogance and reluctance. The other Son who acted compliant and yielding to his father’s will initially is one who prides himself on looking the part of a ‘good and faithful son’ while really taking on a mask of pretension while operating in pride against the Father’s will by choosing the path of dishonesty and willful disobedience. This Second son’s pretentiousness is a fruit of disobedience to his Father. There is evidence of self-righteousness in his actions in that he’d rather appear legalistically legitimate before his father rather than actually operate with integrity to perform his Father’s request. The Second son epitomizes one appearing to have the form of godliness but denying it’s power (2 Timothy 3:5) by acting in willful disobedience. Such a son is evil and that is why I refer to him as a Son of Disobedience.
We should never be like the second son because we are heirs of the righteousness according to our faith (Hebrews 11:7). So Today, think about becoming more like the First Son rather than the Second Son. It’s is better to be obedient to the Father’s will in your life rather than pretending to walk in obedience. Such pretension is ungodly in character and hypocritical. A person thinks that they are fooling people by operating in this fashion, but what they are really doing is fooling themselves and the Devil is laughing at them. The First son had a contrite heart towards his obstinate behavior and with such a heart the Lord our God does not despise because the First Son purposed to fulfill his Father’s will in the end (Psalm 51:17). This is how we should be when we are called by God to do something that is outside our comfort zone. It’s not always easy to obey a parents direction, but our Father God wants what is best for us. In humility we must learn what it means to submit and yield to God’s will and purpose in our lives.
Willful disobedience draws us away and far from God, Obedience brings us closer to Him. Purpose Obedience and walk in humility, Amen!
Here I have a cartoon illustrating my point. It maybe a little Sunday schoolish for you but it’s a good illustration. Enjoy it and have a blessed day everybody!