Doing the Father’s Will

“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. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” - Matthew 21:28-31

Jesus makes it clear that doing the Father’s will is of highest importance. To merely render lip service in saying you will do His will and then not obey is sad.  

In the story Jesus illustrates the reaction of the two sons when asked to do something for their father. Obviously there is work that needs to be done in the vineyard. The first son‘s response is very negative and bluntly refuses to go and work in the vineyard.

The second son’s response must have pleased his father. He submissively says he will go into the vineyard to work.

The answer to Jesus question is obvious – the first son despite an initial ‘no’ changes his mind and does what his father asked him. The second son rendered lip service saying he would go, but never went near the vineyard.  

Are we just talking about doing the will of God and saying ‘yes’ to his commands and not doing them? We may have refused in the past to obey, but now are ready to go where he wants us to go and to do what he wants us to do. Today resolve to do His will in total obedience.

Dear heavenly Father this is the day You have made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I want to do Your will above anything else and to please You. I surrender my will to You, and wherever You want me to be, and wherever You want me to go, I will obey, in the name of the Lord Jesus.