The chief priests and elders were always skeptical of Jesus. After he marched in Jerusalem and overturned the Temple's money-changing tables, they were downright determined to rid themselves of him. He was a disruptive force at times, willing to protest injustice even when it displeased the authorities.
After one of their attempts to challenge Jesus' authority (Matthew 21:23-27), he told them a parable:
What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, "Son, go and work in the vineyard today." He answered, "I will not"; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, "I go, sir"; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father? They said, "The first." (Matthew 21:28-31)
At least they understood that much. I can imagine they gave the answer with their heads hung low in defeat.
Lest we get too pleased by Jesus besting them, however, we would do well hearing Jesus ask the same question of us. During the 2000 years of Christianity, we have too often said the right words, "I go," and too often not gone.
There are plenty of opportunities to go for Jesus this weekend.
Here's a schedule of our Weekend of Ministry:
Friday at 3:00 pm: Meet at Camp Sexton (404 W Freight Rd, Florence) and help load supplies for Saturday's Build-A-Bed event.
Saturday at 9:00 am: Meet in the Irby St. parking lot to build beds for children in our area who don't have a bed of their own (bring work gloves; there's something for every skill level).
Sunday at 10:00 am: Meet in Spears Fellowship Hall to honor Central's Music Ministry, then join the United Methodist Women in the UMW Prayer Garden for the Prayer Garden Dedication ceremony.
Sunday at 5:00 pm: Join us in the Davis Christian Life Center as Central and Cumberland churches worship together. The evening will include worship The Well style, reflections from Kristen Owen Hardaway and Dr. Joe Heyward, Holy Communion (on World Communion Sunday), dinner and guided conversation, and a concluding prayer authored by everyone. It will be another meaningful C-Unity Event and a fitting way to wrap up a weekend of seeking to go in the direction that Christ directs.