Gospel Matthew 21:28-32
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:
"What is your opinion?
A man had two sons.
He came to the first and said,
'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.'
He said in reply, 'I will not, '
but afterwards changed his mind and went.
The man came to the other son and gave the same order.
He said in reply, 'Yes, sir, 'but did not go.
Which of the two did his father's will?"
They answered, "The first."
Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you,
tax collectors and prostitutes
are entering the kingdom of God before you.
When John came to you in the way of righteousness,
you did not believe him;
but tax collectors and prostitutes did.
Yet even when you saw that,
you did not later change your minds and believe him."
+Come Holy Spirit, Beloved of my soul, enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me and console me, tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive to all that you let permit happen to me, only show me Thy most Holy Will. Amen
"I will not" ...... or....... "Yes Sir, what a different response! For me, what emerges is the importance interior rectitude- that 'Heart to Heart' conversation with Jesus! To speak and pray in Spirit and in Truth. To be simple, transparent before Him, no pretense no guile, no 'dressing it up' otherwise known as 'lip service.' God loves Truth. He can work with you and me when we are upright, straightforward, sincere and humble. When we are willing to 'talk to Jesus' even though things aren't necessarily 'right' inside of us, even though perhaps we are so upset at what He is asking of us, If we can love Him enough then we will talk it through with Him....He will 'Love us' through it all and He will help us if we give Him a chance, a chance to love us, a chance to speak to our hearts.
The key is we need to learn from children. I was a Principal for years, and I loved to teach the 3 year olds, they were my favorites! I could write a book on what I learned from them. If they are simple and unspoiled, they are marvelous! They are very frank and open and teachable, they are so refreshing, they would make me laugh out loud at them and myself. They are 'ok' being 'messy', imperfect, broken, tearful and angry, they only know how to be real. We need to learn from them and reclaim our rightful place as precious and beloved adopted sons/daughter of our Heavenly Father. Where is my relationship with my Heavenly Father? Am I promising things, making deals, yet having no intention of upholding what I promise? Am I simple like child with Him, just saying it as it is, letting Him into the Conversation?
Prayer: Lord, open my heart, let me come to you as simple as a child without pretense, without fear. Amen