Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What is more important, our actions or our intentions?

    Jesus once said, ”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 he 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.” – [Matthew 21:28-31]
    So, our intentions may be the best, but unless we carry them out, they are meaningless.  If you try and are unable to carry them out, that is different.  Jesus’ parable shows two sons that are able to carry out their father’s will.  We need to ask ourselves what the Father’s will is.  Each one of us was created uniquely and thus we should all have a unique design in His will.  No person can fulfill what you were uniquely designed and positioned for.
    We have great intentions.  We also have many great opportunities to fulfill the Father’s will.  Many opportunities we allow to just go by us.  Have you ever thought to yourself that you would be willing to take a bullet for someone?  Many have had this intention, but many of us would not be willing to give up other things for the same person.  Whether it be your favorite TV show (football included), your favorite restaurant or meal, or even your comfortable place on the couch are you willing to give it up for the person that you would ‘supposedly’ take a bullet for?
    Not sure that my actions have caught up with my intentions, but trying is what we are asked to do.  Jesus, by Your obedience thru Your Passion, help us to complete our good intentions to do the Father’s will.

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