Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Showing our Love for God

Our love is best seen, not in what we say, but in what we do.  We can sing songs of praise and make confessions of faith, but what matters is how we live.  Obedience demonstrates our love for God.  That is the point I make in this pondering at Paul's Ponderings.

{Matthew 21:28-31; NLT}
“But what do you think about this? A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go. Which of the two was obeying his father?”

How we live says more about what we believe about God than all our confessions of faith. It is relatively easy to say something, but it is another thing altogether to let that belief be seen in the way we live.

In this simple parable we discover that each son heard their father’s request, neither one could plead ignorance of what their father expected. The lesson that Jesus taught is that it is through our actions that our love for God is seen. Just as the love of the two sons was discovered in their obedience rather than in their words; our love for God is seen in obedience rather than in our songs of praise and our confessions of faith. Our obedience reveals what is in our hearts.

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