Thursday, April 29, 2021

Matthew 21:44 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 21:28-30

“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.”

Which son are you? It’s easy to say we will do something, but it’s a whole different thing to see it through. Are we amen-ing on Sunday and then living wild and wicked on Monday? Jesus makes a clear and powerful point here. That yes, our words hold weight, but ultimately, it’s our actions that speak the loudest. And to be honest with you, I have been both of these at one time or another in my life.

To me, one of the most encouraging truths I find here is that the one son flat-out rejected the call and yet was still allowed to go in after the fact. Thank You, Jesus, for Your loving kindness, patience, and mercy! He wasn’t stuck with his foolish, lazy, or prideful answer but was allowed in once he changed his mind and his actions. They go hand in hand here; he didn’t just change his mind but his actions matched as well. We too must be like this first son who had rejected the offer but then repented (changed his mind and actions) and went and served in his father’s vineyard!

After these verses, Jesus then responds with a truth that should encourage and awaken us all:

Matthew 21:31- “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the Kingdom of God ahead of you.”

Jesus is telling us that it’s not as much about how you start as how you finish. Jesus is telling us that all who turn to Him will be saved, regardless of how sordid a lifestyle they have lived. Will you turn as they did and be found in Him today and live with Him forever?

Acts 3:19,20- Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.

God bless! I love you all, but His love has cleansed us and brought us into His family! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ the King, and the Holy Spirit!

 

Matthew 21:44

“Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” 

 

I have never really understood this verse until this morning. To me, they both sound like bad ideas – LOL! But today, as I was reading it, God revealed something to me. If you take a pill and crush it up, there is no way to put it back together. But if that same pill is just broken into pieces, then with the right tools in the right hand, it can be made whole again!!! In both cases, the pill is still a pill but only in the latter is it in the form it was designed to be in!!

 

What I’m trying to say is one day all of us are going to hit the “stone” that is Jesus Christ, and we can either accept Him as Lord and allow Him to put us back together, or reject Him and stay crushed and doomed!! Change is scary – don’t get me wrong – but I promise that Jesus is kind, compassionate, caring, and loving, and the minor discomfort is worth an eternity of joy and peace in the Father’s house!!!! 

 


I feel like it’s a choice to either fall into His mercy or fall under His judgement. His mercies are new every morning, and I promise you won’t be disappointed!!! Broken or crushed, your choice, but it’s happening one way or another!!

 

I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God!!!!!

 

 

 

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