33 “Listen to another story. A man who owned some land planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it. He dug a pit for a winepress in it. He also built a lookout tower. He rented the vineyard out to some farmers. Then he went away on a journey. 34 When harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the renters. He told the servants to collect his share of the fruit. 35 “But the renters grabbed his servants. They beat one of them. They killed another. They threw stones at the third to kill him. 36 Then the man sent other servants to the renters. He sent more than he did the first time. The renters treated them the same way. 37 “Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. 38 “But the renters saw the son coming. They said to each other, ‘This is the one who will receive all the owner’s property someday. Come, let’s kill him. Then everything will be ours.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard. Then they killed him. 40 “When the owner of the vineyard comes back, what will he do to those renters?” 41 “He will destroy those evil people,” they replied. “Then he will rent the vineyard out to other renters. They will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read what the Scriptures say, “‘The stone the builders didn’t accept has become the most important stone of all. The Lord has done it. It is wonderful in our eyes’? (Psalm 118:22,23) 43 “So here is what I tell you. The kingdom of God will be taken away from you. It will be given to people who will produce its fruit. 44 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces. But the stone will crush anyone it falls on.” 45 The chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ stories. They knew he was talking about them. 46 So they looked for a way to arrest him. But they were afraid of the crowd. The people believed that Jesus was a prophet.
I’ve been thinking a lot about evangelism lately.
This passage is a story about a king who came to collect a harvest but the workers refused to give it to him. Jesus used the word “harvest” in Matthew 9:37 to describe the people in my life that are ready to hear the gospel and give their lives to him. It’s His harvest field, I’m call to work it and he wants to collect it.
Could this parable be for me? Do I have a harvest of people I can give Jesus? Am I a wicked farmer?
I’ve got to get to work! Time is so short. There’s seed that needs to be sowed right now (tactfully tell people in my world about Jesus). There’s watering to be done daily (got to be praying constantly). I need to learn how to drive the harvester (get equipped to help people who want to be saved and then help disciple them). I have to decide to be a good farmer (rearrange my time and priorities to save as many people as I possibly can before my time here is up).
Will Jesus say of me “where is my harvest?” or will he say “well done good and faithful servant?”
I can’t let this happen Lord. You mean too much to me. The harvest you’ve entrusted to me – my friends and family, anyone in my world who is yet to be saved – mean too much to me. I here and now commit to farming well for the rest if my days. Amen.
Written by Boudy van Noppen