Blessed… It’s Not What You Say, It’s What You Do!

“What do you think? A man had two sons. Now he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ “‘No, I don’t want to,’ he replied. But later he changed his mind and went. “The father said the same thing to the other son, who replied, ‘Yes, sir.’ But he didn’t go. “Which one of these two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first one.” Jesus said to them, “I assure you that tax collectors and prostitutes are entering God’s kingdom ahead of you. For John came to you on the righteous road, and you didn’t believe him. But tax collectors and prostitutes believed him. Yet even after you saw this, you didn’t change your hearts and lives and you didn’t believe him (Matthew 21:28-32, Common English Bible).

“Keith, mow the yard today,” my Dad would say. I can promise you that if I behaved as either of the sons in the lesson I would have been in trouble. We have already talked about that. If I said no, I would have been in trouble, probably for being a smart mouth (and it would probably be deserved) and if I went ahead and mowed the yard, it probably would have been because of the consequences I had already suffered. Consequences are great motivators.

On the other hand, had I said I would and then not followed through, unless there was a really good reason, there would have been consequences, probably worse consequences, because of my lack of honesty.

In the end, however, this lesson isn’t about me and my earthly father. The lesson is about me and my Heavenly Father. It seems to me, it is even easier to say no to God. God isn’t right there as a physical presence. The consequences don’t seem as immediate and they probably don’t even seem as real. I am not saying consequences don’t happen in the earthly realm when we are disobedient to God. If you think that, perhaps you should go back to your Bible and read a story about a guy named Jonah. It is just that, at least at times, God maybe doesn’t seem so real, so the consequences don’t seem as real and that allows us to move forward in ways we at least think we want.

In the end, for Jonah, he ended up exactly where God wanted him to be. He went to Nineveh. It was no longer about what Jonah had said, it was about what he did.

For all of us, that is true. At one point I had a tiny poster, about the size of a bumper sticker, but it was a poster. It said, “The best sermon is a good example.” In other words, it isn’t about what you say, it is about what you do.” The world pays more attention to our actions than it does to our words. And, while I do believe God cares about our words too and words are important, God does care more about our actions.

What do your words say? More importantly, what do your actions say?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving,

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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