I have heard the old saying all my life, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The gist of the saying is that merely intending to do something does not actually get it done – or I guess I should say “git ‘r dun.” Sadly, I must admit I have worked on the road crew and laid my share of asphalt for sure.
We all make promises we intend to keep about things we know are important to do, but sometimes we find the actual doing part of the exercise another matter all together. I have a friend who used to hand out these round “wooden nickels” that had his business logo on one side and on the flip side the letters TUIT. He would tell people as he gave them the trinket that they no longer had the excuse “when I get around to it,” because he had just given them a round TUIT.
Jesus told an interesting parable in Matthew 21:28-32 that deal with just such issue as this. A man had two sons and asked them both to go work out on the farm. One son said he would but never did, the other rebelled at first, but later repented and went out and worked. Jesus pointed out that the son that produced results rather than the one that provided lip service was the one who pleased his father.
The challenge to me is that I not fall into the trap of just making promises of service to God or statements of my devotion to him, but that I let my walk match my talk. You see, it is not enough for us to SAY we love Jesus – or even “honk” if we love Him. The proof of our love and devotion to Him is found in the evidence of our obedience to His commands.
If you love me, you will obey what I command. – John 14:15
So the question arises: what are we doing to demonstrate our love and devotion to Jesus? The proof is not in confession or profession but rather in action.
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. – 1 John 3:18
The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but the road to heaven, the straight and narrow way, not travelled by the majority (Matthew 7:13-15) is paved by the obedient activity of faithful and devoted followers. We may balk at first, but eventually we are about the Lord’s business. May He find us so occupied when He returns.
Just in case you have the “when I get a round to it” excuse, feel free to print the picture below and cut out the TUIT. It may come in handy.