We are about to read 3 parables from Jesus as he reveals to the Jewish leaders how they have failed.
If there is one leadership seminar that every leader should attend then it is to be found in these next 3 stories.
Here is the first one:
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. “Which of the two did what his father wanted?” “The first,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.” (Matthew 21 v 28-32)
The first son: The ‘sinners’ originally disobeyed but then through John the Baptist they repented and obeyed.
The second son: The leaders originally obeyed (externally) but rejected the message of John the Baptist and there was no repentance.
Lesson: It matters not how you start but how you finish.