Devotion for Monday after Lent 1

The word LENT written in vintage lead letterpress type

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he 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 that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get 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 prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him. ~ Matthew 21:28-32

Maybe we think that we are destined for Heaven because we were born into a Christian family, raised in the church, and profess to be Christian. We say we are following Jesus, but are we really? Do we go through the motions of faith without really believing? Are we putting something else before God in our lives? Do we say the words but fail to live in God’s will?

Father God, search my heart and show me where I fail You. Give me true faith that leads me to do Your will, to live my life every day of the week as I proclaim on Sunday. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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