In the Bible, we find an interesting story in Luke Chapter 20. A man planted a vineyard and leased it to vinedressers while he went away. At harvest time, he sent a servant to the vineyard to get himself some fruit. The vinedressers beat the servant and didn’t give him any fruit. The owner sent two more servants and the same thing happened. Finally, the owner decided to send his only son, thinking surely they would respect him and send some fruit. But the vinedressers were envious of the son and reasoned that he would become the heir. So they killed him.
As I read this story, I thought about the many times we start believing that we are the owner of our lives. We are merely stewards and managers or caretakers of the gifts and resources God has given us. How foolish it must look to God to see us withholding our best selves from Him when we don’t use our talents and gifts. Or how we must look when we settle for a life that is beneath what we are created for. We must look foolish when we become stingy and withhold love from others. We have simply become these “evil” vinedressers who are withholding the “fruit” that is His.
Take a moment today to look at your heart. Are there ways in which you have withheld something you are supposed to give away? Are there areas in your life that you have tried to maintain control instead of relinquishing it to God? Have you thought of yourself more highly than you ought as an owner rather than a caretaker of God’s stuff? We all have areas where we’ve tried to take over or have not given back to God what is already His.
Lord, help us to steward well what You’ve entrusted to us. Let us not be wicked or selfish in our motives.
~Coletta Jones Patterson
Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. Her latest book, “Every Day Forward: 365 Inspirational Reflections” can be ordered at firstname.lastname@example.org.