Good morning Lord Jesus, I begin my day to align my will in complete relieance on your will for my life.

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" equates to “obeyed him”.  Jesus directed this parable against the Jews, the churched of his day. Today, he would direct it to those who call themselves Christians and attend church.  Those who at the end of the service hear the benediction tell them to "Go out and be a witness in their neighborhood," to which the reply is yes and amen!  However then go to lunch, and afterwards pull in their garage, close the garage door, and witness to no one.  

No matter how often we go to church, or what we raise our hands to and say Amen to while worshiping, nod in agreement to sermons and/or say you what we will do to the Father while in a pew, Jesus hears our conversations and sees our actions outside of church. Just like you can’t full your mom, she knows if you obeyed her, God knows as well.  Saying to yourself, I am planning on daily getting back in the Word again, means I don't read the Bible now.  Rationalizing  soon I need to start praying again is the same as saying I don't pray now.  Just thinking one day I want to get involved in prayer walking and serving in my community should trouble you that I am  doing nothing to help my neighbors now..  Reflecting, I really need to start tithing soon is the same as saying I don't give back to God now.  Jesus asked the crowd, "Which of the two did the will of his father?” Not just in words, but in action.  I hope todays challenge will remind you of the necessity of obedience in being a disciple of Christ. 

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