19 Mar A Blessed Change Of Mind
A Blessed Change Of Mind
Verses to read: <Mt 21:28-32>
28 “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.’
29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
31 “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.
32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutesdid. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
1. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” <v31>
1) Second son: He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. <v30>
* Chief priests, teachers of the law, elders.
- Inconsistency between “Promise” and “Performance”.
- <James 2:14>What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
- The grace of salvation doesn’t make sanctification optional, but possible.
- Inner transformation will produce outward fruits.
2) First son: “‘I will not’, he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.” <v29>
* Tax collectors and prostitutes (i.e. “people of Beatitudes”).
- Tendency to say ‘no’ to God at first:
– Not interested, no burden, not enough love.
– See importance of God’s work but distracted over other concerns.
– Think we don’t have what it takes to do it.
- Change of mind may be due to:
– Fear -> reluctant obedience
– Love -> cheerful submission.
2. A blessed change of mind (Repentance) <v29, 32>
“…but later he changed his mind and went.” <v29>
“…And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.” <v32> [ESV]
1) Once-in-a-lifetime repentance -> “born again”.
<Acts 3:19> Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
2) Repentance leading to critical turning points.
- A few times in our lives.
3) Daily repentance.
- Daily denial of self.
- Daily blessed change of mind.
– Filled with Holy Spirit, do God’s will, defeat devil.
4) Help lead others into a blessed change of mind <2 Co 5:18-19>.
- Are there anything in your life (e.g.: any perspective, method, habit, priority, areas of life, etc) which you think God is prompting you for a blessed change of mind (i.e. repentance)?
- What are some things that always cause you to say “No” to God? Share any testimonies of which your initial “no” later became “yes”, and you found joy in your eventual submission.
- Whenever you submit to God, is it usually due to fear/accusation or love/gratitude? In your group, encourage one another how to go into cheerful obedience.