Late to the Party
Read: MATTHEW 21:28-32
“Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you” (v. 31).
Jesus tells a simple parable about two sons, both with attitudes! Most parents of teenagers will relate to this story. Upon being given an instruction by his father, one son says he won’t comply, but eventually does. The other says he will comply, but then does not.
So which is the perfect son? Neither. That wasn’t the question Jesus asked. Instead, he asked which one did the will of the father. That act of obedience proved the deeper desire of the heart. We must acknowledge our need for grace, because the warning Jesus attaches to this story is crucial. Claiming to follow Jesus but not actually following him has dire consequences. Only broken yet redeemed people are invited into the kingdom. Repentance is the key that opens the doors.
Lord, forgive me when I presume upon my own worthiness, my own rights to your kingdom. Help me count myself among those who acknowledge the need for your forgiveness and grace. AMEN.