Get your morning devotion time started with this great thought from Jesse Weeks:
I get excited when I see red letters in my Bible because I know my Lord and Savior is speaking to me directly. I take His words personally and try to cipher how He wants me to apply them to my life. As we dig deeper into His words as recorded in Mark 12:1-12, paying special attention to verse 9, let’s take them personally and see how He wants us to apply them to our lives.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
We understand that the man who planted the vineyard is God; the vineyard is the nation of Israel; the tenants are the religious leaders; the servants are the prophets and priests who have remained faithful to God; the son is Jesus, and the others are the Gentiles. The religious leaders not only frustrated their nation’s purpose but also killed those who were trying to fulfill it. They were so jealous and possessive that they ignored the welfare of the very people they were supposed to be bringing to God. Obviously in verse 9, Jesus is chastising, warning and even threatening those religious leaders for their failure to fulfill their responsibility to the Kingdom of God.
If we fast forward this parable to today and apply it to our lives as Christians, we must ask ourselves if we are fulfilling our responsibilities to the Kingdom of God! Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” Then our responsibility is to stand firm in the faith and give ourselves completely to the Lord. Paul gave us this warning because if our confident hope in the resurrection waivers we are sure to abandon ourselves to the ways and standards of the world and we will fail in our responsibility to the Kingdom of God. We are responsible to keep our hearts and minds focused on Christ, study His word and be prepared to answer the challenges of our faith! The Christian life is a life of freedom but it is a life of responsibility and it is a life of privilege.
We are tasked as Christians to be witnesses, teachers, disciplers, ambassadors, defenders of the faith, students of the word, church attenders, supporters, encouragers, givers and workers.
We need to search ourselves and see if the Lord will find us failing to fulfill our responsibility to His kingdom.