The Best Laid Plans
Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Matthew 21:31
Have you ever heard the saying “The best laid plans are paved with good intentions”? It’s something people say when you intend to do something, but then it never happens. Sadly, it is a common theme in the world today. A lot of people set out in life intending to do many great things, but then get distracted or just caught up in everyday living and never get around to the good things they had once hoped to do.
Today’s passage is a question that Jesus asked those who were with Him one day. He told a story about two sons that their “father” asked them to do something. One son said “no”, but after reconsideration went ahead and did it. The second son said “yes, I will go”, but then never gets around to it. Jesus asked the crowd “Who did the will of the father?” The answer was the first one who said no, but then did the work in the end.
This gives a who new perspective to the idea that delayed obedience is disobedience. Even though the first son did not want to obey at first, he was considered to have done the will of his father when he went later on. He obeyed after regretting his first answer.
This is encouraging to us today. Even if there are things in life that we have put off or delayed doing for whatever reason, it is not to late to do the will of God. If you still have breath in your longs, you can reassess the things He has asked and head in that direction today. As you surrender your life to God and begin asking Him to remind you of things He has asked of you that are unfinished, He will begin to direct and open doors for you to enter. You can complete down to the last detail, all the things He created you to accomplish.
Today I want to encourage you to lay your life down before your Father in heaven. Surrender your plans and pick up His. Begin doing those good works that He planned for you to do before your days are through in this world. Don’t let your path lead to a road of good intentions never executed. Let God’s best laid plan for your life be pave with your resounding “yes!” and not with things left unfinished.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 21:28-32
28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’
29 He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.
30 Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.
31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.