The Parable of the Wicked Tenants (from Luke 20)
9 And he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10 When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 And he sent another servant. But they also beat andtreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’ 14 But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 And theythrew him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?16 He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When they heard this, they said, “Surely not!” 17 But he looked directly at them and said, “What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? 18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”
Was reading this parable and thought quickly immediately at face value, that this landlord should definitely consider stepping in and wiping these guys out.
But then I realized almost immediately afterwards that WE are the wicked tenants… and though we deserve to be wiped out from the “vineyard” aka this life on this planet (this is a good environmentalists scripture about how we should tend to the vineyard), he chooses by his grace to give us another chance. And another chance.
I’m leaning on God for the grace not to need another messenger to remind me that I’m to take care and steward everything well he has given me. My calling, my family, my finances, my body (yes, OUCH on all four of those). Leaning on the one who’s given me the chance to be a tenant in His property.
To exist another moment is yet another chance to steward well. Let’s not wait for an eviction notice…