Actions Speak Louder: Jan 21-25 BRD

In the parable of the two sons, the father demands the same action from both boys. He says to them separately, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” The first son arrogantly replies, “I will not,” however, he later went to the vineyard. The second son willingly replied, “I go, sir,” but somehow he never made it down to the vineyard. After telling the story, Jesus prods the religious crowd with a question. “Which of the two did the will of his father?” Easy answer to an easy question from a simple story. Then again, parables are simple stories meant to convey powerful, spiritual truth. The truth of the parable is this; the will of the Father is accomplished in actions not merely in words. True, believing faith is about living out the Gospel of Christ. True, believing faith cannot be enclosed in just words; it must be expressed in actions. Words are good, but can be deceiving. Actions speak louder than words. People say all kinds of things on the spur of the moment, but they “do” the things they really want to do! It is interesting to note that the first son’s words were disrespectful and inappropriate, while the second son’s words were respectful and appropriate. In the end, though, the first son pleased the father and the second one disobeyed. Their actions, what they did or did not do, in the end, made the difference. If we say we follow Christ, that is wonderful! The real question though is do we live in such a way that supports that claim? Behind our pledges of faith, do we find lives of faith? Actions tell the truth!