As the scribes and priest tried to trick Jesus into agreeing with them, he would often tell them stories that turned their questioning back onto them.
‘But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard.
He answered and said, I will not: but afterwards he repented and went.
And he came the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, Sir, and went not.
Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Very I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. (KJV)
Jesus went on to explain that when John the Baptist came to preach unto them all, that the harlots and publicans believed his words and repented but they did not.
How many times are we ask to do something and we say ‘yes’ and then we do not do it? I have a personal policy that i always (nearly) say ‘no’ or ‘I think about it’ before I them may say ‘yes’, but in saying ‘yes’ I mean it as a yes.
I think too often in the world today our word is no longer our bond. I remember as a child seeing men shaking hands on an agreement and that was it, the deed was done. No man or woman would enter into a hand shake if they were unwilling or unsure if they were able to follow through.
Today, however, too many people are out to get all they can, for as little work as they can, as quick as they can, whether they break the contract that was made or not. We need to be as good as our word, that those who do business with us, whatever that may be, will not have to worry or question our handshake.
Let us be doers. Not because we want to be seen by men, but because we know it is the right thing to do in our hearts.