Saturday, August 14, 2010

Notes to the Lord:Let's say no and then go anyway...

Matthew 21
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.

Lord Jesus--It is not about saying the right is about doing the will of the Father. Words are just words until they are connected with heart felt action and obedience. There is power in words and promises of obedience, but when commitment and obedience are connected lives change.

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.

Lord Jesus--John's movement of repentance and revival, changed the lives of those who felt as if they were beyond saving. They were the ones that the religious elite would only see as pawns in their game with you. Tax collectors with nagging guilt, and ladies of the evening with hearts that hurt them were finding their way to you. The "way of righteousness" was you. In fact you called yourself " the way, the truth and the life...and John pointed you out.

I wonder if some of the scribes and the leaders at the temple wondered why John was having such success in turning people's lives around? I wonder if they looked at the lives changed and just dreamed, wondered and pondered could that happen in our work? What is missing? Why don't we see lives changed?

Lord Jesus--Don't let me be one of the ones that says they will but then doesn' in these times so that lives are changed because people have seen you for who you are...The Way, The Truth, and All there is worth worrying about in life.

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