Almost all agree that Jesus was an amazing teacher. He had a divine ability to encapsulate the largest dynamics of life into memorable principles and stories. A great example is the parable of the Two Sons in Matthew 21:28-31. The story speaks of two sons who were both asked by their father to go into the field and work for the day. One said no, but later changed his attitude and went. The other said yes, but ultimately didn’t go. Jesus concludes with the penetrating question, “Which of the two did what his father wanted”. The answer…the one who actually went.
The point of the story was directed at the religious leaders. They were saying “yes” to God in terms of pursuing him through all their religious works, but would they ultimately go into the field with what God was doing in Christ? The others were those who were understood to be saying “no” to God by living sinfully, but they were the ones ready to respond to God’s invitation in Christ. The parable is about the new opportunity God is offering in Christ.
But to be honest. I don’t want to be either brother. I would rather be a son who says yes to God’s summons and then actually willing goes into the field. Perhaps you are like me and sense that often isn’t the case with us. We read something in the bible or feel a nudge from God in a message or a study, accept that we need to do something, and then for a myriad of reasons find ourselves getting distracted and never take any action. The intent is there, but not the follow through.
I think summer is a great time to ask what kind of kid we are. Take some of the laid back moments and process which “fields” God has asked you to enter that you aren’t currently in. There is nothing better than being an obedient child in God’s field.
And perhaps one of those is inviting a neighbor kid to come to VBS!