Matthew 21: 28-30

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 changed his mind and went.

Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing . He answered. “I will, sir,” but did not go.


After Jesus drives people out of the temple, He begins to preach parables to those who are gathered there. He starts by telling the parable above and then follows it up with a similar story. Jesus, however, uses these parables to get a very specific point across to everyone (including the Pharisees) there.


Ever been friends with someone that didn’t stay true to their word? Like they promised to do something for you or to hang out with you, but when the time comes for you to “cash in” on your favor or time spent they are nowhere to be found. And time and time again they give you their word that they will make it up to you, but their actions never match it.

Call me crazy, but I think that is what Jesus is getting at here. The heart attitude of both the sons did not match their action and results. While one said no, he thought better of himself and went out to work in the vineyard. While the other son said yes, but backed this with zero action. It makes me wonder of how many times I’ve told God I would do something and I still haven’t done it. But here’s the bottom line:

God’s a gentleman, and will not intrude on your busy schedule.

As harsh as this sounds, if you aren’t willing to match your words and promises to God with action then He’ll find someone else who’s available. God wants you to take your “yes” to Him seriously! Though He stands at the door and knocks (Revelation 3:20)… you have to let Him in! And that requires action! Not just “Oh yeah, someone’s at the door. Open sesame!”

Life Application

What’s the last thing that God told you to do that you still haven’t gotten around to? Let’s be people of our word and back it with action. I feel God saying: “If you would just do the last thing I told you, breakthrough happens.”

Trusting God and following Him are not sideline sports, it requires the belief that whatever action you have to take is worth it! I know it’s difficult, believe me… so God I pray for that you lift the spirit of apathy and replace it with one of praise in doing. May we be people that selflessly make room for you, so that we can carry out what You have designed us for. Amen.

-Allison Khan