Parables are mysteries that are always packed with so much wisdom and knowledge. This might explain one of the reasons why Jesus loved to teach in parables. Depending on various life situations, we can learn so much from just one parable.
Reading the Parable of Tenets in Matthew, so many thoughts to mind. In fact each Bible Verse is a nugget of wisdom for everyday living all it’s on but today we shall just look at 8.
- Your heart is like a Vineyard. It’s a garden that can produce fruit. Whether you produce good fruit or bad fruit depends on what you sow in your heart. Therefore guard your heart from worldly influences for out of the heart, issues of life flow. Stay away from magazines, television shows, internet sites, friends that don’t feed your spiritual life.
Matthew: 21. 33
“There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.”
- Remember your priorities and what matters most in life. Don’t forget the places you have invested time and resources in. Don’t be a time waster.
“When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.”Matthew: 21. 34
- Not everyone is your friend. Not everyone is on your side. Be careful who you trust.
“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third.”Matthew: 21. 35
- Even when people let you down, betray you, disappoint you, learn to forgive and give them a second chance. It’s not simple but it helps your soul heal.
“Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way.”Matthew: 21. 36
- Sometimes in life, you will be required to sacrifice the most precious things to you.
“Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.”Matthew: 21. 37
- Not everyone will honor your sacrifices. Not everyone will appreciate the good you do for them. Do it anyway.
“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.”Matthew: 21. 38-39
- The Lord God of hosts is a God of Justice. He is also a God of Vengeance. Evil may abound. The Lawless may spread wickedness but there will be a day of Justice when God repays those who have done evil.
“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? 41. “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”Matthew: 21. 40-41
- Even if you have been rejected by friends, family, the community etc, the Lord thinks you matter and he has a great plan for your life.
“Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?” 43. Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.”Matthew: 21. 42-43
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