Which person are you?
"What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' 29 And he answered, 'I will not,' but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, 'I go, sir,' but did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him."
We have all experienced the difference between "lip service" and "life service". One son said he would do what his father commanded and did not do it. He gave "lip service" to his father.
The other son said he would not do what his father commanded, but changed his mind (repented) and obeyed his father. He gave "life service" to his father.
Many people say they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but give only lip service. These people do not do what Jesus commands them to do. They call Jesus "Lord", but do not do what He commands.
The lip service people continue in a life of sin with no repentance. The lip service people walk the broad road that leads to destruction and take many with them to destruction. Matthew 7:21-23 describes these type of people. Check it out.
The life service people recognized themselves as sinners, repented of their sin and began to follow Jesus. The life service people exercise faith in the Son of God by attempting to obey His commands expecting Him to fulfill their attempt with His power. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 describes these type of people. Check it out.
Lip service people think they are right with the Lord Jesus and do not repent of the sin they live in. They do not acknowledge they are in sin. The life service people recognize their sin, repent of it, receive His forgiveness and by faith seek to follow Jesus. The lip service people end up in eternal torment. The life service people live an abundant and eternal life.
Which person are you? (lip service or life service)
This story really hits home. Let's commit to being life service people together. Let's deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus in word and deed.
You are never more like Jesus than when you serve.
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