Mark 12:1 Then He began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country.

I have subscribed to the Coburg banks blog, a website that sends some interesting recruitment information and Friday funnies for the weekend. One of such posts contained excuses for calling in sick at work and two, in particular, said: “my goldfish died, and I am very sad” and “My cat has hiccups and I can’t leave her”. This made me laugh and I just tried to picture how people can come up with the strangest of excuses to avoid discharging a responsibility or honouring a pledge made.

The introduction to today’s parable about the vineyard contains some great insight into our own lives that is worth looking at. A close-up examination of the sequence of activities in the text reveals a number of actions that took place prior to the lease: the man planted, built a hedge, dug out a wine vat and then built a tower. All the actions are aimed at telling us that ‘everything was set and ready before the lease of the vineyard was done.

It should, therefore, come as no surprise that when it was a season to expect fruits from a vineyard, the owner sent out servants to do just that. The significance of this errand is the fact that the vinedressers should not have had any excuses that should prevent them from obtaining fruits from the vineyard because all the parameters needed to ensure the functioning of a vineyard had being made available to them prior to the activation of their lease contract.

Some of us think that we still need to gain some extra recognition or achievement before we can begin bearing fruit. The truth is: God already made all the provisions you will need before he leased your life to you. Upon your life, He has placed a covering(hedge), deposited resources that should aid in your fruit bearing(wine vat) and a platform to sense oncoming danger( watchtower). You may think you got to where you are by accident, but beneath what you consider ‘an accident’, there could be a greater reason for your presence there; and you have already given enough excuses.

Remember # You really have no excuse to give Him because, for you, everything is ready- all you need have already been deposited- it’s up to you to find them and use them.

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