Another telling of the parable could go this way; Jesus has two followers. He asks them both to take up their cross and follow his example; tending to the sick, caring for the poor, feeding the hungry and sharing the gospel with all who would hear it.
The first says “No thanks, not today. It’s the weekend. The weather is beautiful and I have had a long tiring week. I need rest; take time for myself and my family.” Yet finally, when there is need for a volunteer, this follower relents and pitches in.
The second eagerly says, “Yes Lord, I am ready, willing and able.” This follower comes to worship nearly every Sunday. He knows all the prayers, sings all the hymns, and gives plenty in his tithe. Yet, until next Sunday he lives as the rest of the world lives.
One follower says no, but changes his mind. The other says yes, but then lives for himself. The truth is, both fall short of the Father’s will. Both need a change of heart. Friends, we too have a place within this parable. So as Jesus says “A man had two sons…” The question remains, which one are we?
Prayer: O Lord Jesus, give me the strength and the will to follow you always. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila, Pastor of Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.