28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ 29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. 30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.
Matthew 21:28-32 (New International Version)
Bringing Glory to God
There is a saying: “actions speak louder than words,” and in regards to being a faith follower in Christ, this statement speaks volumes. The Lord has called each of His people to pursue and do well the calling in which He has called them to. When we do this faithfully, we produce spiritual fruit that brings glory to the Almighty, not just in heaven, but on earth also.
Not Following the Call
However, not all believers diligently obey the call. Some faith followers, when they receive the call, do not step forward and do it; instead, they run away from the mission. On the other hand, there are those who say they will go, but do nothing. Why would they do such things?
Being Weak and Unqualified
Those who say they will do it and don’t, look within themselves and feel like they don’t have what it takes to complete the work and so don’t even try. As for those who run away from the call, their reason is that they feel unqualified to do the ministry due to the many mistakes they had done in the past.
God’s Kind of People
Such people who think this way fail to see that when God called them, He wasn’t looking for the strongest or the most perfect to do His work. Instead, He was looking for the weakest and most unqualified to fulfill His mission. Why would the Lord do this?
Relying on Him
We live in a world where people get their jobs based on their qualifications and experience. That is not how the Lord operates. He wants us not to rely on our power to do the work, but to rely on His strength when we proceed with our calling.
God’s Mission, God’s Power
The mission we have been given is from the Lord and therefore requires His strength in order to complete it. When we surrender ourselves to His power and trust in His strength alone, we will accomplish wonders in God’s name. In doing so, He is the One who gets all the honor and glory; and we get to share in His success. After all, what better way to show God’s power to the world than by demonstrating it’s use in those who aren’t strong or perfect.
Go in God’s Strength
With that being said, when you receive the call, you must obediently go and do the ministry faithfully. Do not be like the one in Jesus’s parable who said they would go but didn’t, for the Lord values obedience over lip-service. If you said no initially, repent of this and go. Do not let your weaknesses and past mistakes dissuade you from doing the mission. The Lord whom we follow is faithful and will provide all that we need in order to complete the mission. Let go of the past and your own strength, and embrace the Lord God Almighty.