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In Matthew 21:23-32, Jesus tells a parable that holds profound meaning and valuable lessons for all believers. The parable centers around two sons who are asked by their father to work in the vineyard. The first son initially refuses but later changes his mind and goes to work, while the second son agrees to go but ultimately does not follow through.

Through this parable, Jesus teaches us about the importance of true obedience and the significance of repentance. The first son represents those who may have initially rejected God’s call but later repent and turn to Him. Their actions demonstrate the transformative power of genuine repentance.

On the other hand, the second son symbolizes those who may make promises and claim to follow God but do not truly obey His commands. This serves as a warning against the dangers of hypocrisy and superficial faith.

Jesus concludes the parable by stating that tax collectors and prostitutes, who initially rejected God but later repented, would enter the kingdom of heaven before the religious leaders who claimed to follow God but did not truly obey Him.

As believers, it is essential for us to examine our hearts and ensure that our faith is not just on the surface but deeply rooted in genuine obedience. We are called to be true followers of Christ, not merely by words but by our actions.

Let us reflect on the parable of the two sons and strive to be like the first son who repented and obeyed God’s call. May we be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and live out our faith in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father.

By Roge Sison

An ordained clergy of The United Methodist Church.

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