“Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce. The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third. Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?”
– Matthew 21:33-40 (Jesus speaking; all caps is quotation from Isaiah 5:1-2)
Recall that Hebrews 1:1-2 refers to Jesus as the “heir of all things,” and that Psalm 2 says that He would receive “the nations” and “the very ends of the earth” as His “inheritance.” Consider then the parable above. It explains why the world crucified the Son of God instead of embracing Him: the desire for autonomy.
We seldom realize the evil we can do. We hear a story like this and say to ourselves, “Oh, we would never do that!” (Remember how Peter protested that he would never deny the Lord?) Yet the crucifixion of Christ (Messiah) is a certain fact – it cannot be undone or explained away. We, the human race, rejected our Maker.
Even today, people are “killing the heir” so they can have the “inheritance of the vineyard” for themselves. That’s what secularism is all about: “It wouldn’t be fair to give one religion an advantage, so let’s just act as if there’s no God in the room.” Secularism is an atheistic-agnostic approach to life. What’s amazing is that unbelievers have managed to convince believers that it’s a good limitation of public discourse!
The vineyard of your life is the Lord’s inheritance. If you will serve Him in it, you’ll enjoy it so much more than if you try to keep it for yourself.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, let this day be Yours and not Mine. Show me how to accomplish this…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)