A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go.
These words in Matthew have given me a fair amount to ponder and chew on. I have found myself being both sons when asked to do something. And the part in verse 32: “For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him ….” Righteousness is not a word I use much. With a bit of searching I found it means righteous in a moral context. So where do I hear the call to righteousness in my own life? And how do I morally respond to questions and issues that confront me? What I find myself reflecting on and what strikes me the hardest is that I have been shown the way, but do I believe enough to GO and to DO when I have said no? God has something for me to do, many things for me to do, each day, each moment, and it is not easy. I may say no by not acting, or I may say no emphatically and turn away. But I pray for strength to find the courage to say yes! And to go and do after I have said no. Saying yes and following through is where I believe we find real joy, glimpse the face of God and live a righteous life.