Happy Friday! Today, we have another parable to read. We will cover this parable in Matthew 21, in two parts. Enjoy today’s devotion and your weekend.
“33 “Now listen to another story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. 34 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop. 35 But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36 So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same. 37 “Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’” – Matthew 21: 33-37 NLT
This parable is similar to the book of the Bible. However, the certain landowner is God. God created the garden/earth and gave it to be cared for. While God has never left us, there were Prophets and Priests (servants of God) that He sent to share the Word of God. Some of the people (children of Israel)/kings who heard the word/warnings repented, while others ignored – threatened to kill, and plotted to kill the servants the Lord sent. You may know the stories of the prophets, but God loved us so much that He sent his One and only son to save us all. We have an opportunity to change the results.
Today and throughout the weekend, think about the many times God put someone in your path and they shared the gospel message with you. Think on the various responses that you gave before you accepted the Lord as the Savior of your life.
- What has changed in your life since then?
- What still needs to change (e.g., stubborn will, selfishness, self-centeredness, lying tongues, cursing, envy, anger, accepting some of the Word of God but not all of it)?
- Are you ready to change?
- If so, today – submit your life to Christ and give Him the authority (His rightful place in your life) to change you.
Don’t let anyone or anything detour you from living your best life in Christ. The Lord came for us.
Father God, your patience with your children is beyond measure. Lord God, your love is limitless and unending. Lord, you are the One who prepares the heart to receive your love, to soften our hearts and minds to be obedient. Lord, we are tired of our selfish, sometimes lazy, and self-centered ways. So Lord, just as the farmer prepared the land, prepare our hearts to receive your instructions and give us an obedient Spirit to follow you with all our heart. Lord, if it is your will for us to live through today and the weekend, give us an opportunity to respond to your call on our lives, and let us serve you wherever you send us. Lord, equip us and teach us your ways. Lord, when you come for us we want to stand approved by you. So Lord, keep working on us. Lord, continue to show us what you desire for us, to recognize within us what needs to change, and to be submissive enough to allow you to change us. Lord, you have come for the lost and we thank you for finding us. Use us Lord, to bring others to the kingdom. In Jesus name, amen.
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