In an earlier challenge it talked about the importance of IRCO: Immediate Radical Costly Obedience in discipleship. Today's challenge looks at obedience. Matthew 21:28-31 comes to my mind
"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.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but 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, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you."
"Did the will of the father", obeyed him. Jesus directed this parable against the Jews, the churched of his day. Today, it would be those who call themselves Christians and attend church. Those wheat the end of the service hear the benediction tell them to "Go out and be a witness in their neighborhood," to which the reply yes1 and amen! then go to lunch and do nothing.
No matter how often you go to church, or what you nod in agreement to sermons and/or say you will do to the Father while in a pew, Jesus hears your conversations outside of church. Saying I am planning on daily getting back in the Word again is another way of saying, I don't read the Bible. Saying soon I need to start praying again is the same as saying I don't pray. Saying one day I want to get involved in serving in my community is the same as saying I am doing nothing to help my neighbors. Saying I need to start tithing soon is the same as saying I don't give back to God. Jesus asked the crowd, "Which of the two did the will of his father?” I hope todays challenge will remind you of the necessity of obedience in being a disciple of Christ.
Link to challenge for day 8: Day 8: Get Coaching
We have finished one week of the 30 Day Challenge. I would love to hear your comments and thoughts of the first week. It would help me evaluate how the challenge is going for everyone. Post as a comment below. Thanks!!