Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Second Decision

Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 21 about two sons. A father asks the sons to go work in the vineyard, to which the first son replies that he will not. Later, he changes his mind and gets to work. The second son responded that he will go, but eventually did not.

The sons each made a second decision. It's a decision everyone makes and it's the decision that truly counts. We make the first decision with our initial words, but the second decision comes with our actions and lifestyle.

We make the first decision when we say we're committed to a job, a church, or a relationship. The second decision comes when that job becomes frustrating, the church shifts in a direction we don't like, or the relationship actually requires work. It's when a potential volunteer says they're excited about the ministry, but doesn't show up for three straight weeks. It's when a family says they're leaving the church, but instead choose to stick around and help make the church better. The second decision can be motivated by insecurity, pride, or selfish desire. It can also stem from prayer, discernment, and the movement of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

Red Mountain's lead pastor, Bob, pointed out this piece of Scriptural wisdom to me months ago. It's still shaping the way I view ministry. Regardless of what people's initial knee-jerk reactions are, the second decision is truly the one that will make all the difference.

1 comment:

  1. totally needed to "hear" this...thanks for posting it!