Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:
“What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’
He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, ‘Yes, sir, ‘but did not go.
Which of the two did his father’s will?”
They answered, “The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him.”
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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “actions speak louder than words.” What we do tends to be more meaningful than what we say. I can tell my housemates that I’ll do the dishes tonight, and I can promise my mom that I’ll call her, but unless I follow through with these actions, they mean nothing.
Our actions speak louder than words as Christians, too. I tell the Lord that I love his commands, but I don’t always follow them. I say that I love my neighbor as myself, but I fall short. I tell God that he’s the most important part of my life, but I waste time on social media or being lazy instead of spending time with him in prayer.
When our promising words aren’t backed up with following God’s will, we’re like the first son in today’s parable. We can’t affirm that we’ll do what our Father asks and then not show up. This is why we need to let our actions speak louder than our words. Let’s answer our Heavenly Father’s call to take up our cross and follow him humbly, whether we vocalize what we’re doing or not.
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