Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 146/260: Read Matthew 21

Many people think they will “get by” because of who they are, or with whom they are associated. The religious elite of the first century – the Pharisees and scribes – counted on their relationship as sons. They refused, however, to actually seek the will of the Father.

Jesus tells a parable of two sons, one who said he would not obey his father, but later did. The other son said he would obey, but did not do what he was told. One who actually did the work, and another who only said he would. Jesus asked the chief priests and elders of the temple, “Which of the two did the will of the father?” They correctly answered, “The first.”

Here is the point Jesus made: there are a lot of sinners in need of the Father’s grace and mercy. Those who realize that need and make the necessary changes in their life will receive it. Those who do the will of the Father will be saved.

Those who do not see any need to change, who rely on their relationship as sons without any regard to their activity, will find themselves in trouble when the Day of Judgment comes.

Apply this to yourself. Are you actively seeking the will of the Father, doing what He says? Or are you relying on your association with the church? Are you faithful in attendance on Sunday, but absent from the Lord’s work the rest of the week?

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Matthew 22:14. For many are called, but few are chosen.

Pray

Pray for opportunities to serve the Lord today and tomorrow, not just on Sunday.

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