“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 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. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him. (Matthew 21:28-32)
I hate to admit it but between the two sons from the parable, I can identify myself more with the second son. God knows how guilty I am when it comes to commiting the sin of omission. Everytime God reveals something new to me, I always tend to answer, ‘yes Lord, I’ll do it.’ Or sometimes I’ll say, ‘yeah Lord, you’re totally right and I agree with you!’. Then I will think about what I‘ve learned for a long time until I totally forgot the things that God has told me to do.
When I was a younger Christian, I thought that it was okay. I mean, I thought it’s ok to think about God most of the time. It was only this year (or maybe late last year) when I finally realized that God does not want the Truth He revealed to me to just remain as an idea. He wants me to really act on it and take a step of faith. And God will not stop until I’ve learned to apply it and has eventually became part of me, even if I have to go through it for several times.
So what have I learned from this process? Doing the will of God requires cooperation on my part. He is very much willing to accomplish great things through me but I need to put myself in proper position where I can easily receive the grace He has poured out on me. I need to unlimit God by taking the necessary step of faith he requires from me.