The Parable of the Two Sons

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 21:28-32

Which of the two did the will of his father? (v. 31)

In this parable, recorded only in Matthew’s Gospel, we find one son who says he will not go to work in his father’s vineyard, but afterwards changes his mind and goes, while the second son promises that he will go and work in the vineyard, but he never does go. “Which of the two did the will of his father?” asked Jesus.

What is needed in the kingdom of God is less talk, more walk. Fewer promises, more performance. The smallest good deed outweighs the greatest good intention. Think of all the times we pledged to work in the vineyard – “I go, sir!” – and then didn’t follow through.

The key question of the parable has not changed: Which one did the will of the Father? College admission boards, when judging among students, ask the question: Which one had the best grades in high school? Jesus asks of students a different question: Which one did the will of the Father? Ministers may be measured by their pulpit eloquence, or the size of their congregations, but all Jesus cares about is: Which one did the will of the Father? People may measure each other by looks, clothes, job status, wealth, but Jesus measures by this: Which one did the will of the Father?

PRAYER

Father, your will be done – in my life – on earth as it is in heaven.