Two Sons or Two Daughters

Our Lord Christ asks us to do work in His vineyard and it is more important that we do it than to say that we are going to do it. Just do it for Jesus--that is what counts in the Kingdom of Heaven. You may be thinking, "What am I supposed to do?"


Allow yourself to be led by the Holy Spirit. Spirit directs you on what to do. Tune into Spirit and recognize the transforming Peace that Spirit brings into your heart. Spirit also motivates, reminds, prompts, gives you kind thoughts, encourages you to help others, and makes you very invitational for our Lord. Gather believers around you who know Spirit in powerful ways and speak to them about Spirit's guidance in your life.


In Jesus Parable of the two adult kids Jesus indicates that repentance brings us to Him and continuing humility in His Presence will produce sacrifice. There is always going to be some bit of sacrifice as we say, "I will do it Lord." Jesus is your perfect example of sacrifice. Jesus points out that the tax collectors and prostitutes had repented and now believe in Him, will do what He asks, and have energetic willingness! So we join with the least of these in the Kingdom of Heaven to do His purpose each day.


Jesus' Parable of the two sons could also be two daughters, or a daughter an a son. Our focus is not on gender but on how Jesus corrects us so that we better focus on His purpose for our lives. One son says he will not do what is asked by the parent and does end up doing the work in the vineyard. The other son says he will do what is asked of him and then he does not go work in the vineyard.


We want to be careful not to cherish our acts of obedience. Our thoughts need to be on what can we do next, more, finish to the end, or start up. Spirit will lead. Be assured, Spirit tells you what to do in Jesus' vineyard.


"What do you think? 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.  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.  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 after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him. Matthew 21:27-32


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