“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.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. – Matthew 21:28-29
The New Year for many comes with New Year’s resolutions most of which we never keep anyway. Good intentions are not enough, what we need is to be intentional in what we purpose to do and do it. Having a good intention about soul winning does not save anyone, rather you need to go out and share the love of God then you will see people get saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus told a parable of the Two Sons in Matthew 21:28-31; their father asked both of them to go to his vineyard, the first categorically said no and had a change of heart and went, the second on the other hand said yes (procrastination) and did not go. Then Jesus asked the obvious question:
“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. – Matthew 21:31
“The first” they answered which was spot on, the one thing to not miss in this parable is the will of that father; the one did the desire of the father and the other did not. Doing the will of God is the heart cry of God the Father.
So then, why would Jesus bring tax collectors and harlots into this story? Because, one day they will repent; have a change of heart and do the will of the Father like the first son, whereas the Sons of the kingdom will say yes and eventually not enter the kingdom of God like the second son because they refuse to do the will of the Father. There is no room for procrastination when it comes to doing the will of God. Just do it!
There is no room for procrastination when it comes to doing the will of God. Just do it!
For years, I determined to do God’s work: what He asked me to do but I also find every reason not to do it, especially after given much consideration to what others will say, but now I am at a point where I am more particular about what God will say than what men will say. This also applies to our personal life, if you are thinking about going back to school, starting a business or picking up a new hobby, you cannot afford to care about what people say; they are busy worrying about what you will say. Do what makes you happy. It is so easy to go through another year wishing and hoping that one day you will do what you should have done.
The other factor can be fear, we all like to be in a safe place, our comfort zone, where nothing tampers with our world, but God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Fear can rob you of your God ordained destiny, so when you are afraid of doing what you know is right, it is good to ask God for help in prayer to overcome the fear.
I want to encourage you today to do God’s will and do what your heart desires to do this year.