“But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. “Which of the two obeyed his father?” They replied, “The first.” Then Jesus explained his meaning: “I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do. For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn’t believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins. – Matthew 21:28-32 (NLT)
God is not interested in having followers who say “yes,” but don’t follow through with actions. We all fall short of God’s glorious standard (Romans 3:23) just as the son said “No.” But one action or word doesn’t destroy our hope for the future. As the son changed his course, so can we. Jesus isn’t condemning the son for his sin at the beginning he is exalting him because he was changed in the heart and followed his father’s wishes. God’s grace is available to those who turn from their sins and start to follow him in word and deed.
Do you need forgiveness in your life? Ask God to show you the sin(s) in your life. Pray for the courage to run away from these sins.