Sharables Lesson 10 – First Love
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
“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.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. Which 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. 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.’”
The second son says he will work in the vineyard and then does not (maybe he wanted to get paid). This frustrates all of us. We want someone to be true to his or her word. The son starts off by recognizing his father’s authority in replying obedience, but then ignores or snubs his father’s authority by not backing up his words with some action.
The context of this passage centers on the authority of Jesus. This son represents the chief priests and elders (the Jews). They start off by saying they will keep every law, but then fall away and even question and refuse the authority of God (Jesus).
We can often see where our heart is by where our money goes.
Money can change us.
“Luke the beloved physician greets you, as does Demas.”
“And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.”
Demas was a follower of Jesus working alongside Paul. He is even called a fellow worker. Then something happens.
2 Timothy 4:10
“For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.”
Demas started as a follower of the Lord but then fell in love with the world. He was like the son saying yes, but not willing to obey in action. He fell in love with the world and hence the things of the world. His talk became cheap. His actions were louder than his words.
“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”
Have you lost or forgotten your calling? Have you slipped away from the Lord? Does your life look like you have fallen out of love with the Lord?
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
Are you on the right path? Will you remain true to your testimony?
Does your walk match your talk?