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.'
Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
Consider a few unsettling questions. Does God prefer...
An unabashed rebel to a phony follower?
A full-time atheist to a part-time Christian?
A hot-headed loner to a hesitant herd?
A repentant sinner to a self-righteous saint?
'I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners' (Mark 2:17, NASB)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Clearly, The Lord requires honesty, even in our wrong-minded mistakes. Because hidden sins grow and fester. They become like terrible bedsores covered by a layer of pretense.
Yet underneath, dark corruption spreads. Superficial Christianity, where serving the Lord is just an act, where sin is a barely kept secret, may move some naive sheep--but not God.
Now consider one more action point: Yes, we must answer God honestly, and we cannot defer our answers, as in pleading the fifth amendment.** When God calls for answers and actions-- silence, wavering or abstention declare us guilty of negligence.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Many Hollywood celebrities parade their sensational lifestyles. The church is tempted to pass judgment.
But when you refuse this temptation, when you treat them with love and kindness, some will become impressed and intrigued.
Their openness may become good soil, and The Word you carry may take root.
Here's the thing: Truth, even in sin, seeks greater Truth. It's an open door Christ won't refuse.
## Do-Gooders: Answer Honestly (Part 76)
* 'I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners' (Mark 2:17).
** Short article: What does pleading the 5th mean? https://www.reference.com/government-politics/plead-fifth-mean-a6405a08ac14806
** Previous Devotion, Speechless: http://careylewisdevotions.com/speechless
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.