Friday: 22nd March, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
Matthew 21:43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.
Some months ago, funding for seven British sports were reduced as preparation for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo entered heated up. The reason for doing so was because those sports could not provide enough evidence to show that more funding would necessarily result in the winning of medals, which in reality, is the ultimate aim at these games. Thus, regardless of the beauty of any sport, if there are no medals to show for it, then according to the committee in charge, there was no need to increase funding.
The same principle applies in the kingdom of God. The caretakers of the vineyard refused to give up any fruits from the land. This process was not one they could have any say about because it was not a matter of choice, but rather a fulfilment of an expectation that was laid on their shoulders from the moment they agreed to work in the vineyard.
Each one of us who has responded positively to the invitation of God, to be labourers together with Him, have some amount of expectation to live up to. The vineyard in today’s Gospel had a hedge, a wine press and a watch tower: in short, all the resources to make it productive. We have a responsibility to also utilise all the resources available in our location to bear fruit because to the believer, the concept of fruit-bearing is non- negotiable! You MUST bear fruit.
The consequence of ignoring this key mandate is a handing over to someone who will. Beloved, God has a heart to welcome all men, but he is not a big fan of those whose lives only seek to tell others’ there is nothing to show even for working in God’s vineyard. Instead, He needs people who will show off what is obtainable when we abide in Him; and what better way to do this than with the visible fruits we bear.
Remember # though the blades of grass all look the same, it is the fruit thereof which tells them apart; so bear fruits.