September 27, 2020 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Matthew 21:23-32, NIV.

23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

28 “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.’ 29 “ ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 31 “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. 32 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.

Jesus is questioned by Pilate, elders, priests, and others about his identity and why his actions and words should be believed. Are they believers or are the words from humans? The priests are outnumbered.

We believe in Jesus and his commandments to have eternal life. At times, I know I fall short of his expectations--worry instead of prayer, not caring enough, complaining about minor inconveniences. I believe, and I want to do better each day.

Prayer: Father, walk beside us as we strive to be all that you want us to be. Let us be examples to others and let us be thankful for each day we are healthy, cared for and loved.

Kay Neal

Other readings: Psalm 25:1-9, Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32, or Philippians 2: 1-13

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