More Than Yes

Promises are not meant to be broken. Because of so many promises broken, people think or believe that “promises are meant to be broken”. If we are Christians, followers of Jesus, we should not believe this. We follow a faithful God who never breaks His promises. Jesus is faithful to all that He says in His Word. He gives promises and He does it, if we only believe. As believers, we should also reflect the same faithfulness to God and to others. Be true to the words that we say. Fulfill the promise we make. We may not be perfect and being human we may fail, but the intention to be faithful to our word should always be there. Being in Jesus make us the light of the world and that includes to us being as good as our words.

The standard of ethics and of truth for Christians is God. Everything we need to know about God and His will is found in His Word. We serve a God who keeps promises and who remains faithful. So we should also be faithful.

If we are faithless, he remains faithful; for he can’t deny himself.”

– 2 Timothy 2:13 (WEB)

Following God is more than saying “yes”. We usually sing the song, “I have decided to follow Jesus no turning back, no turning back.” We always sing this during baptismal. It means that once we have said yes to Jesus, we should keep our word and not turn back. Sadly, this is not always the case.

Jesus, referring to the Jewish leaders, told them the Parable of the Two Sons in Matthew 21:28-32. The father asked the first son to work in his vineyard. The first son refused but later changed his mind and went to work in the vineyard. Then, the father asked the same thing to the second son and the son said yes but he did not go to the vineyard. Jesus then asked an important question.

“Which of the two did the will of his father?”

– Matthew 21:31 (WEB)

They answered that the first son did the will of the father. Rightly so. What is the point of the parable? Jesus pointed out that the Jewish leaders were called to be in the kingdom of God but they did not repent to follow God. They made a show of following God but there is no repentance. So, Jesus made his point clearer to all. In the same verse,

“Jesus said to them, ‘Most certainly I tell you that the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering into God’s Kingdom before you.’”

– Matthew 21:31 (WEB)

Why did Jesus say this? Because when the sinners heard John the Balptist’s call for repentance, they were like the first son. They did not like it at first, but then they changed their mind and they repented. The Pharisees and Jewish leaders, on the other hand, liked the idea of godliness and righteousness but then they did not show repentance.

When we follow Jesus, there is a requirement for repentance. Repentance is essentially “a transforming of the mind”. When the mind of the tax collectors and prostitutes were renewed, then they understood the truth of God’s call. The Pharisees knew the Word of God, but they also need to be transformed in the way they think. Because they refuse it, there is no evidence of repentance.

Repentance is more than mere words. It should be evident through obedience to God. It starts with the renewing of the mind.

When we say we follow God, we should keep it. Walk our talk as we talk our walk.

Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

7 thoughts on “More Than Yes

  1. Good post sister! I was raised by my dad to be honourable and make my word my bond. But when I came to faith in Christ, my Lord and Saviour, I learned I had been wrong…my word is now His bond that I serve each day.

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  2. 💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎

    💎 My View is that Jesus would say that The Practice of “Promising” is Flawed EveryOne because a “Promise” is Made in a Moment that is Different from The Next Moment because The Only Constant is Change; what Qualifies Me to Make This Statement is I AM a Divorcee and SHE!!! Vowed “For Better For Worse, Until Death Do Us Part” but Didn’t Show Me The Small Print until Serving Divorce Papers…so, please, Don’t Get Too Hung Up on “Promises” EveryOne; a “Promise” is NOT!!! Worth The Mealy Mouth Words and The Paper it’s Written On, just ask any Contract Lawyer

    💎 – Diamond Hard – 💎

    …💎💎💎…

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  3. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.. whenever im very disappointed with people and their promises, i always remember this line and try to understand that indeed God is the only one who can keep promises.. What strike me most about this passage is the thought about us being and trying our very best to faithful to our words. Im very guilty about this. Because i don’t want to disappoint other people, i usually compromise with the words i said. As if i just tell them something but i never meant to fulfill them because im not capable. This is something i really need to work on.. thank you Mam Deb for this highlights.. i will try to do my best to work on this aspect of my life. With God’s grace, i hope i can make it.❤️

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