What Jesus Did! 'More than Change!' — Matthew 21:28-32

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Tell me what you think about this: There was a man that had two sons. The man went to the first son and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' "The son answered, 'I will not go.' But later the son decided he should go, and the son went. "Then the father went to the other son and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.' The son answered, 'Yes, sir, I will go and work.' But the son did not go. "Which of the two sons obeyed his father?" The Jewish leaders answered, "The first son." Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth. {You think} the tax collectors and the prostitutes {are bad people. But they} will enter the kingdom of God before you enter. John came showing you the right way to live. And you did not believe John. But the tax collectors and prostitutes believed John. And you saw that the tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. But you still refused to change and believe him."
— Matthew 21:28-32 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 21:28-32 NLT — " Jesus said to them, "

Key Thought

God is not nearly as concerned about polite words and appearances as he is about genuine, heartfelt repentance. To repent means to change both our hearts and our lives. One without the other is incomplete. John the Baptist came preaching repentance. Jesus came preaching repentance. The early disciples came preaching repentance. The Gospel is about change. But the Gospel is about more than change, it is about transformation, about being changed to be something more like God. That kind of change requires the power of the Holy Spirit!

Today's Prayer

Almighty and loving God, please be patient with me and help me be more impatient with myself as your Spirit seeks to do his work of transformation in my life. I do want to live to honor you and more closely reflect the character and grace of Jesus. Please give me wisdom to know your will, courage to stay away from sin, and a willing heart to seek after you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matt. 3:7-8
  • Acts 2:36-40
  • Matt. 3:17


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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