Jesus told another story to the people:
“A man planted a vineyard.
He handed it over to farmhands and went off on a trip.
He was gone a long time.
In time he sent a servant back to the farmhands to collect the profits, but they beat him up and sent him off empty-handed.
He decided to try again and sent another servant.
That one they beat black-and-blue, and sent him off empty-handed.
He tried a third time. They worked that servant over from head to foot and dumped him in the street.
“Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘I know what I’ll do: I’ll send my beloved son. They’re bound to respect my son.’
“But when the farmhands saw him coming, they quickly put their heads together. ‘This is our chance—this is the heir! Let’s kill him and have it all to ourselves.’
They killed him and threw him over the fence.
“What do you think the owner of the vineyard will do?
Right. He’ll come and clean house. Then he’ll assign the care of the vineyard to others.”
Those who were listening said, “Oh, no! He’d never do that!” But Jesus didn’t back down. “Why, then, do you think this was written:
That stone the masons threw out— It’s now the cornerstone!? “Anyone falling over that stone will break every bone in his body; if the stone falls on anyone, it will be a total smashup.”
The religion scholars and high priests wanted to lynch him on the spot, but they were intimidated by public opinion.
They knew the story was about them.
Taken from Luke 20:9-15, 15-19 MSG
Just as when people of the Old Testament heard the prophets and people living in New Testament times heard Jesus, when you’re reading God’s Word now, and God speaks to your heart, you can reject Him or accept Him.
How amazing it is that God sent His son and that He is coming back again.
As we read Revelation we see that hearts become so hard that even when experiencing direct bowls of punishment from the heavens people still don’t turn to God for help.
In my opinion that’s why preaching ‘turn or burn, hail fire & brimstone’ sermons doesn’t work. People may accept God as a type of ‘fire insurance’ but not develop a relationship out of His love for them & their love for Him.
Now is the time to know how great God’s love & forgiveness is and accept Him so that after all the opportunities we aren’t left with His last resort, destroying this world & bringing on a new heaven and new earth.
It may seem so confusing and believers who are earnestly concerned go to great lengths to win others over to Him but many times forget that some hearts are just too hard and won’t believe, won’t accept The Messiah.
We need to always remember that God knows everyone’s heart & He is the judge, not us.
As we share His love it’s up to each person to let it speak to them, go deep & grow.
It is not the believer’s job or task to convict anyone of sin, that’s God’s job.
We just plant & water, God causes the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:6 NLT, “
I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.”
I go back to Matthew 13:
- When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
- The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
- The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.
- But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Matthew 13:19-23 NIV
And I question constantly, “Why do we have church goers who are like weeds?”
Again I go to Matthew 13: Jesus told them another parable:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied. “The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “ ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ ”
Matthew 13:24-30 NIV
We live in strange times where the Old Testament prophets are only read about & Jesus’s Words are recorded in little red words but we don’t see Him in the flesh.
That is why it is time for true believers to have Christ’s Holy Spirit living in them (Acts chapter 2) & for us to be more & more like Jesus so that through our humility and obedience (dedication to Him) others might come to know Him & accept Him too.
So don’t make judgments about anyone ahead of time—before the Lord returns. For HE will bring our darkest secrets to light and will reveal our private motives. Then God will give to each one whatever praise is due.
1 Corinthians 4:5 NLT
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:9 NLT
In Christ, Beetle