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But What Do You Think?

April 10, 2017

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But What Do You Think?

Just a few days  before Jesus’ crucifixion,  the priests and elders  in the temple  challenged Him  about His authority  to teach God’s word  to the people.     When the leaders could not answer Jesus’ question,  Jesus told them a parable  in Matthew 21:28-32,  saying,

But what do you think?      A man had two sons,  and he came  to the first  and said,  ‘Son, go work today  in the vineyard.’     And he answered,  ‘I will not’;  but afterward he regretted it  and went.     The man came  to the second  and said the same thing;  and he answered,  ‘I will, 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 say to you  that the tax collectors  and prostitutes  will get into the kingdom  of God  before you.     For John came to you  in the way  of righteousness  and you did not  believe him;  but the tax collectors  and prostitutes  did believe him;  and you,  seeing this,  did not even feel remorse afterward  so as  to believe him.”

This parable applies  to every single one  of us.     We are supposed to be  the children  of God  —  and our heavenly Father asks every one of us  to do the work  we should be doing.     What is our job?     Jesus says  in John 6:29,

This is the work  of God,  that you believe  in Him  whom He has sent.

Other passages show  that when we wholeheartedly  believe,  we will do the rest  of God’s work  of believing,  such as having kindness,  love,  humility,  a forgiving heart,  gentleness,  patience,  helpfulness,  etc.

In Jesus’ parable,  those who had been grossly disobedient  in the beginning  ( tax collectors and prostitutes ),  are the ones  who believed God  and began doing His work  in this life.     But,  the pretentious  and self-righteous  were unbelieving  and not one bit sorry  about it.

So,  what do we “think”  about God’s request  that we “believe”  —  and show our faith  by living it?

Glad  for God’s patience,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  open our hearts  to Your sacrificial love  that we may rightly live  for You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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