Luke 20, 9-10
Something to read
He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
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Something to think about
Here in Luke, Jesus himself issues Words of Warning to his hearers as he, too, recalls the vineyard of Isaiah 5. This time the warnings are directed to the Jewish leaders, the tenants, who are questioning Jesus’ authority and effectively being called to account for their care of the vineyard.
Rather than embracing the servants of God who are sent to collect fruit, the prophets - and most recently John the Baptist - are not only rejected but beaten and sent away empty handed.
The challenge here for us is to think that we, too, can handle the growing of the fruit without the challenge and encouragement of others; that we can go it alone; that we are ultimately in charge.
God allows circumstances to occur in our lives and intentionally places people around us in order to help us, call us to account for the way we are conducting our lives, and remind us that the final word in our lives does not rest with us.
What do you do when such people and circumstances appear in your life – embrace them or fight them?
Something to do
Consider some of the challenging people and circumstances that have been part of your life in this last year. Even though they may have been difficult, thank God for them, and reflect on how you can now embrace the challenge they have brought into your life.
Something to pray
Thank you Lord for all that you are doing in my life – for the pain as well as the joy, for the challenge as well as the comfort. Help me to learn from all the circumstances of life, to welcome and not fight them.
Andy Poultney is the Barking Area Youth Advisor.