Which Son Are You? (Matthew 21)

32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him. Matthew 21:32

Years ago when my dad’s mother passed away (my grandmother) I knew it would be a very large funeral.  My dad has 15 brothers and sisters.  At the funeral there were many people who came up to me and asked, which son are you?  The truth is, I look like my day and the older I get the more this is the case.  Each time I would share who’s son I was.

In Matthew 21 Jesus gave a parable in Vs: 28-32.  The story is an easy story to follow.  A father has two sons.  On the outside it seems as if the sons are different as day light and dark.  The first son is openly rebellious to his father.  His father gives him an assignment and he firmly refuses to do it.  The second son is secretly rebellious.  His father gives him an assignment and he firmly says, I will do it.  But then he goes off and thinks his father will not know that he did not do it.

The scene becomes even more intense when the first son, suddenly changes directions (repents) and does the will of his father.

Jesus parable struck a deep nerve to those who were like the second son.  They were also secretly rebellious.  We are reminded in this moment that God does not look at our outward appearance.  God looks at the heart.  God does not count what we say we are going to do as righteousness, He count’s what we do as either righteous or unrighteous.

So, here is our question:  Which son are you?

I can say for my life, I grew up like the second son.  I always went to church because my mother and then my father took me to church. I do not have the record of the first son. I never openly rebelled, but on the inside I was just as rebellious.  Just like the first son, I had to come to repentance.

As I write this, I am extremely afraid there are many church goers who are secretly just like the first son.  If this is you today, come clean before God.  Unless He has your heart He has none of you.

Isn’t it time that all of us have a tax-collector experience?  Remember Matthew.  Here was his story:

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.

10 And as Jesus[b] reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Oh that all of us would have the story of repenting and following Him!!!

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