The parable is about two sons. Their Father tells them both to go work in his vineyard. The first says he won’t, but does. The second says he will, but doesn’t.
It looks bad for the first son when he says no. But he changes his mind and goes to work!
The second son sounds ok. But his yes really means no. He never goes!
Now the Teacher asks – Which of the two did what the father wanted?
Ok, where do we fit in this parable?
In fact, we may be a little like both of these sons.
When we confessed faith in Jesus, we all said to Him - Yes, I will do what you ask of me. I will go.
But the question is did we ever make it to the vineyard? Are we laboring to follow the Teacher? Become His serious student – grow to be more like Him?
Or have we just said yes to get what Jesus offers. Then substituted nominal church membership for any real effort to become Christ like?
If so, we are like the second son. Our yes really means no!
However, if we repent of this, we are more like the first son who said no, but later changed his mind! Went to work!
Which of the two did what his father wanted?
“The first,” they answered.