Matthew 21:33 "Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country.
There are many things which are important, most of which we do not really think about. But here is a question you might ask yourself, if you want to find what is important in your life. Who would you pay, to give you advice on how to do things better – that is what kind of advice are you willing to pay for and act upon? According to economists, the fastest growing sector of our economy is the service industry, it seems many are looking for help in one area or another. For example, in financial services, you may have a banker, an accountant, a bookkeeper, a stock broker, a futures trader, as well as several newsletters giving you advice on what’s happening so that you can make informed decisions about your money. Each of them cost you something, both in terms of money, not to mention the time. Now multiply this by all of the service industries – health services, food services, home services, transportation services, leisure services, etc. There are a lot of people with much to offer, all of whom want a portion of our time. For of all the things we have, time is the one thing which is most precious – because it is limited, and you can’t buy any more – no matter how much money you have.
Job 14:1-2 "Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower, and withers; he flees like a shadow, and continues not.
Job 14:5 Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with thee, and thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass,
Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
One thing that God finds appalling is that people keep saying that they just don’t have time for worship, for prayer, for daily devotions, for study of the word, to grow in relationship with our Savior. There are many excuses – but there are no good reasons – after all, if it weren’t for God, we would have nothing at all.
These days there are many young people who would like to be in farming, most are advised to go some other direction – there is a sizeable investment in land and machinery – much more than most folks have starting out – you need someone to help you get started. So imagine if you will that someone knows of your interest, and offers to let you farm – they own the land, and the machinery, they’ll even supply operating capital – everything is provided so that you can pursue your dream. That’s pretty good news, and one would imagine that anyone so blessed would be grateful for such a benefactor – someone who believed in them – who gave them a chance. What wouldn’t we do to find such a benefactor? What wouldn’t we do to keep such a benefactor?
Imagine if you will that someone had given you this great gift – had provided everything necessary – and then you decided that you like it so much, you wanted if for your own – and so you plotted to take it by force. How do you suppose your benefactor would respond to this? And this is the question Jesus asks in our lesson today – and the people give the answer – he will put those people to a miserable end, no doubt we feel the same way.
The problem, however is that we are the people, and we have just passed sentence upon ourselves – for this is what we by our sins deserve – for God has given us everything necessary, and we keep saying – I’m sorry – I just don’t have time for you today!
The good news is that God is not swift in visiting the punishment we deserve, that is what we have earned – he calls us to repent, while there is time – and the call to repentance comes with a promise of forgiveness – that we will net receive what we, by our sins, have earned. And the reason why we can trust God’s promise, is that he has already provided himself to us, for truly he is the giver of all good things – and daily his blessings fill our lives.