This is for somebody out there – maybe several somebodies: if you’ve said “no” to God about anything in the past, you still have time to change it to a “yes.”
Maybe He called you to put your faith in Him, but you said “no.” Maybe He gave you a task to complete, but you said “no.” Maybe He was leading you in a direction you didn’t like, so you said “no.” Maybe He was sending you to a specific person, or a particular place, but you said “no.”
I want to tell you today that you still have time to change your mind and change your answer. It’s not too late to say “yes” to God.
In Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus said,
“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.”
In this parable, Jesus honors the one who said “no” to his father at first, but later changed his mind and decided to go back and obey his father’s word. Jesus goes on to praise the “tax collectors and prostitutes” (basically the biggest “sinners” in the eyes of the culture of Jesus’ day) to show how even they can repent (literally, change their minds) and turn to God in obedient faith.
If God has called you to something in the past – to faith in Him, to a task, to a person, a place, a direction – and you said “no”… If God was leading you to forgive someone, to trust again, to let go of something, to pick up something else – but you said “no”… If God was telling you to empty your hands, to release your pain, to believe in His goodness again – but you refused…
You can change your mind. There’s still time.
You can turn to Him, trust in Him, and obey what He said. There’s still time.
And based on the words of Jesus in Matthew 21 above, He will not condemn you for it. He will not make you feel bad about it or regret your new decision to obey. He will not roll His eyes and say, “well, well, well – it’s about time!”
In short, He will not treat you like a disappointed earthly father might. When you turn to Jesus in obedient faith, you will find you are not looking into a face filled with disappointment, but a Face filled with love for you and pride in you! – a Face that beams with joy over you and your courage to turn what was once a “no” to God into a “yes.”