The master story teller told the most challenging stories.

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!” Luke 20:9-16 (The Message)

A message with a meaning that was clear to those who heard him, so clear they denied that it he could possibly mean them, but he did! God is still speaking through this story of our need to fully embrace the our spiritual life through the Son. We are to live through Christ in the world but we too easily take half measures and live a ‘Sunday, go to church’ spiritual life. God wants every day to be filled with the life of his Son in our lives. We may believe that we don’t treat God’s Son with contempt like those who use his name as a swear word, or condemn the Christian faith, but if we don’t fully value Jesus in our daily life and seek a spiritual path, then we may see the kingdom taken away from us and given to others. Like those who first rejected Jesus, if we refuse to go God’s way then we should not be surprised to see others inheriting the kingdom.

Almighty God, through your Son I hear you speaking. Let me live each day through him and walk each day in him for your kingdom’s sake. Amen.

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