2010-03-22 - Parental Lessons from a Landlord
The Good, the Bad, and the Godly ~ Part 8
"Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.'" (Luke 20:13)
There was a man who planted a vineyard and lent it out to people. When he wanted some fruit from his vineyard, the renters said no, and sent his messenger away beaten and empty-handed. How could these people be so cruel? How could the man leave the vineyard to such vile people? His request did not seem out of line; it was the man's produce. It was his land, after all. The landlord sent two more messengers, but the same thing happened.
Then the man came up with the bright idea to send his son. The renters talked among themselves, and figured if they killed the son, they would become the heir and receive his inheritance. The landlord lost his much-loved son to a bunch of money grabbers and back stabbers. The father was not going to allow these people to get away with such a cruel crime. They had crossed the line too many times. He was determined to have his son's life be justified.
The story was a parable used by Jesus. If we look at it literally, it is sad that this businessman and father trusted the wrong people, and as a result lost his son. Through this heartache, the next tenants the man chooses will be different; they will be honest and give the man his rightful produce.
Likewise, when we trust someone and then are betrayed, that experience can either make us stronger or more alert - or we can become scared and unsure who to trust. We can choose how to deal with our feelings, instead of letting them dictate our actions. We can ask for Godly wisdom in what people to rely and depend on, and forgiveness when we fail to.
Lord, I ask for divine intervention in my life. Show me what type of people I can trust. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.