Yesterday I was reading my daily devotional and read a parable from Jesus that really stood out to me this week. This week has been a devastating week for America and for the world. As I read this I could not help to think about the ones that have been left behind. The parable is out of Matthew 21:33-46.
“Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants and went into another country. When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and “stoned another.” Again he sent other servants more than the first. And they did the same them. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come , let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.” When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. And the one who falls on anyone, it will crush him.” When the chief priest and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. And although they were seeking to arrest him, They feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.
I want you to stop and think about what you just read, if you read it…
The first thing I thought about was my life and the salvation that was so freely given to me and entrusted to me by God. He has given me my salvation. Trusting that I will take care of it and grow fruit (clear signs I am a born again believer), because of the blood of his SON. I have built a wall around my heart to protect it and keep it safe from the outside world and elements that may harm it. I build a tower also to keep anyone from stealing my heart away from HIS vineyard. HE them trust that I will take care of the garden and good fruit will come from it when EVERY season of life comes around.
But in the parable you will see that some tenants do NOT respect the landowner (GOD). They will take care of the vineyard, but do it their way and seek the profits for themselves. They will reject and harm the servants that is sent to collect the fruit and even kill them; not once, but twice. The landowner will even send his SON to receive the profit of the vineyard and the tenants will kill HIM also just to profit for themselves.
NOW think about which tenant you are??
Are you the tenant that will make use of the fruit that has been given and worked so hard for and give back to the owner? Or will you be the tenant that will kill the SON and take claim of the crop for yourself.
The result of hurting the servants and even killing the SON is death. Yes. REALLY. Death. Death will be the consequence for rejecting the SON and not bearing the fruit and profit for the owner. What is the profit when we bare fruit and protect our vineyard?? Well the Jesus plainly tells us Himself and “the kingdom.”
We can reject the one that has entrusted us with so much ( yes it is a huge responsibility) and we can be the tenant that Jesus will say one day “well done.” Or we can be the tenant that keeps our own vineyard; which really doesn’t belong to us in the first place while claiming all the profit ourselves, killing our salvation and the throwing away the keys into the kingdom.
Oh how I hope You are the one that seeks to bare fruit and maintains the vineyard for your landowner!