Christmas Under Construction – Devotions for Your Advent Season
“A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For 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 after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.”
When I read the scripture for today, the first thought that came into my mind was not the season of Advent, but rather the old proverb, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
The chief priests and the elders had the best of intentions. They had spent years studying and following the letter of the Law. And yet they could not believe that the babe in a manger was the Messiah.
We believe and that belief gives us hope. Hope that the seemingly endless violence on our streets and in our schools and in our churches will come to an end. Hope that the poverty and hunger and disease that remain prevalent throughout our world will come to an end. Hope that the divisiveness and derision that are tearing apart our society will come to an end. Hope in the coming of our Lord and Savior, knowing that nothing is beyond the power of God.
Our Father is calling us to kingdom building. Come, there is work in the vineyard to be done.
Gracious God, forgive us when we come late to the vineyard. Grant us hope in our belief in the coming of Jesus Christ that we might make straight the path of our Lord. Amen.