What do you think? There was a man who had two sons.
He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing.
He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
In a previous post I was agitated about ‘lowest-common-denominator’ Christians – the LCD crowd. I was thinking about it in terms of standing up for Jesus, and more than that – being willing to die for our King. I ended that post commenting on faith – but to be honest, at the time I just didn’t know how to end it.
I mentioned faith, as it’s about being faithful. Truly faithful. Then in the next post I brought out how faith is only possible through the grace of God. O, how hard it is to get the balance right – it’s all about us, but then even more so, it’s all about God. But it has to be both.
It’s 100% God and 100% man. We can never get by putting our hope in a ‘sinner’s prayer’ we said when we were 8. If there’s been no transformation in your life, no visible fruit or pursuit of holiness, then that hope is a dead hope. Relying on some distant commitment is of no more use than hoping that the birthday cake you ate when you were 5 would be nutritious enough to last you for every year and birthday to come! It’s absurd.
Standing for Jesus, (putting our faith in him – by his grace), is something we need to do everyday. And we must go on doing it.
In every gathering there will be an LCD crowd – you may be dipping in and out of it yourself. Be honest. Choose to prove that today you have put your faith in Jesus. Don’t be like the second son in Jesus’ story. Once upon a time he made a decision – but the proof was in how he’s acting today.
Faith is not a one time occasion or some quick ticket to eternity. Faith is an ongoing, unending decision we make every day to stand for our King. We have entered through the small gate, now lets carry on down the path that leads from it.