Two weeks after hernia repair surgery I got the approval from my surgeon that it was okay to enjoy our pool again. To impress our four-year old Godson I decided to do a cannonball to make a "big wave." I'd like your opinion on something important. When is it too late to change your mind? Well, in my case, once my feet left the pool deck there was no turning back. In this week's Gospel Jesus talks about people changing their minds.
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: "What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' He said in reply, 'I will not,' but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir, 'but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him." Matthew 21:28-32
The chief priests and elders quickly jumped in with the correct answer. The son who changed his mind after initially rejecting his father had done the right thing. He did what his father had asked him to do. Jesus then rebuked the chief priests and elders by reminding them of their unbelief. They had passed the simple quiz but failed the bigger, more important test.
We can say we believe but we need to remember the original example Jesus uses here. God the Father expects us to obediently go out into the vineyard for Him. If we haven't made up our minds to do so, are we any different from the chief priests and elders? Saying we believe and doing something about our belief are two different things. Our faith in Jesus requires a change of mind that prompts us to actively demonstrate our obedience to God.
It's kind of like doing a cannonball. Once we leap for Him there is no turning back. That is the way it should be in our relationship with God.