So this dad has two boys. He tells one of them to go mow the yard.
The son mouths off to his father, “No! I hate mowing the yard.” So the dad goes and finds the other boy playing X-Box and tells him to go mow the yard.
“Sure dad, no problem.”
The dad walks away and the kid keeps playing Call of Duty.
As the afternoon wears on, the first son feels bad for what he did, and goes out and mows the yard.
Jesus asks, “Which son did what his dad told him to?” (Matthew 21:28-32). The answer is obviously, the first son with the attitude. Jesus goes on to talk about how there are a lot of people in the world who turn away from God, but realize they need God and turn around and begin to obey, like the first son. And there are a lot of people in the world who say the right things about God, but they don’t live it out. They just talk about it, like the X-Box son.
Which will you be today? This week? This year? Will you just talk about Jesus and your faith, and try to convince everyone that you’re a good kid, or will you actually turn around on that thing you’re telling God “no” on and do what you know is right?
It’s never too late.