There a bunch of people doing a lot of good works in an attempt to be recognized by God.—usually people who do not have any kind of knowledge of the Bible.

There are another bunch of people who have already realized that God is not moved by the many works one does, and so they think, “God is impressed by who we are and not by what we do.”—these people are a little bit more knowledgeable about the Bible.

But I came to realize that God is not impressed by our works nor is He impressed by who we are.

Think with me…

How could God be impressed with someone who is not inline with His teachings? Would you be impressed if your child would always cause you trouble and bringing shame to your family name? Surely not. God too, He is not impressed by who we are, if we are not obedient to Him.

The whole Bible is full of examples about it but I will let you read the following parable that Jesus taught after the chief priests and some older people questioned His authority:

The Parable of the Two Sons

“But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go, work today in my vineyard.’ He answered and said, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he regretted it and went. Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, ‘I go, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?”

They said to Him, “The first.”

Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.” Matthew 21:28-32

Before you try to go all smart with me by asking “Aren’t tax collectors (thieves) and harlots (prostitutes) sinners?” I suggest that you read your Bible carefully, because all the time Jesus came in contact with someone, He always advised them to go and sin no more. And if you do your homework carefully you’ll find out that most of the time they did not sin again. Take for example Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10) or the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11). Thus the reason why Jesus said that tax collectors and prostitutes would enter the kingdom of God before those who know so much of the Bible and yet do not obey His voice.

Don’t miss the point, Jesus was teaching us that it makes no sense when you say you believe in Him and yet you do not obeying His voice.

You want to make an impression on God? Obey His voice.

Sonia C. Pang.