By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’
He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went.
Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go.
Which of the two did the will of his father?
They said to him, ‘The first.”
Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.”
Matthew 21:28-31
It’s easy to articulate noble and excellent intentions,
 but it’s quite another thing to fulfill them.
God doesn’t commend individuals for lip service; He commends them for obedience. God doesn’t want to see heads nodding; He wants to see feet moving.
Perhaps like me, my friend, you find yourself struggling to do something God has called you to do. Maybe the thing seems impossible because you’ve failed so many times before.
Maybe you feel afraid, alone, and unsure;
you wonder if you have the strength to do it.
Let me encourage you to take one little step of obedience.
Don’t put it off …
Begin now.
Receive the commendation of the first son.
Once you’ve taken the first step,
ask God to give you the grace and strength to take the next step. He's pleased with the smallest of attempts to be obedient to Him. He knows what’s difficult for each of us and He assists us all along the way.
The pleasure of the Father begins with a single step.
The obedience of the child begins when he takes it.
A single step ...