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“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.”

– Matthew 21:28-30

I am amazed as I continue to reflect on the human heart. Today, I would like to look at the parable of the two sons. After the above passage, Jesus asks his disciples, “Which of the two did what his father wanted? ” The first son said, I will not, but afterward, he changed his heart and went. After the second son said he would, he decided not to. Perhaps that day, he chose to be a sports fan and watch the NFL, baseball, or soccer.

Concerned about their hearts, Jesus told the Pharisees, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For 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.”

Friend, what is Jesus telling us? It’s not your feelings; it’s what you do. Yes, emotions are significant because they affect what we do. Looking at the actions of Jesus, there’s never been a clearer picture painted of how He is from God. He preached amazing Bible sermons, raised people from the dead, walked on water, and healed the sick. You and I can become more like Jesus. You can have deep compassion and love for others but also do the work of providing for those in need, encouraging others, and healing the sick!

Prayer


Father, help me not to let my feelings overcome my actions.

Reflection


Jesus cares about your heart and your actions; did you know that?

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One Response

  1. John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

    We have the ability as Christians to do everything Jesus Christ did while he was on this earth.

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