Daily Reading & Meditation
tax collectors and harlots go into the kingdom of God
Scripture: Matthew 21:28-32
28 "What do you think? A man had two sons; and he went to the
first and said, `Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' 29 And he
`I will not'; but afterward he repented and went. 30 And he went to
second and said the same; and he answered, `I go, sir,' but did not
31 Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The
Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the
go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in
of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax
the harlots believed him; and even when you saw it, you did not
repent and believe him.
Meditation: What kind of future are you preparing for?
encourages us to think - to think about the consequences of our
especially the choices and decisions that will count not just for
for eternity as well. The choices we make now will affect and shape
future, both our future on earth as well as in the life of the age
Jesus tells a simple story of two imperfect sons to illustrate the
way of God's kingdom. The father
amply provided for his sons food, lodging, and everything they
Everything the father had belonged to them as well. The father also
his sons with excellent work in his own vineyard. He expected
to show him gratitude, loyalty, and honor by doing their fair share
the daily work.
The "rebellious" son told his father to his face that he
would not work for him. But afterwards he changed his mind and did
he father commanded him. The "good" son said he would work for his
but didn't carry through. He did his own pleasure contrary to his
will. Now who was really the good son? Both sons disobeyed
father; but one repented and then did what the father told him.
his point clear: Good intentions are not enough. And promises
count unless they are performed.
God wants to change our hearts so that
we will show by our speech and by our actions that we respect his
and do it. God offers each of us the greatest treasure
unending peace, joy, happiness, and life
with him in his kingdom. We can lose that treasure if we
the grace God offers us to follow in his way of truth and
Do you respect the will of your Father in heaven?
"Lord Jesus, change my heart that I may only desire that which is
to you. Help me to respect your will and give me the strength, joy
perseverance to carry it out wholeheartedly."
4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me
5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my
salvation; for you I wait all the day long.
6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your
steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
7 Remember not the sins of my youth, or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness'
sake, O LORD!
8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he
instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his
10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and
faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
14 The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear
him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
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