Tuesday, March 1, 2016

This is crazy

Daily reading: Mark 12:1-12
Tuesday March 1, 2016

Focus passage: When it was time, he sent a servant to collect from the tenants his share of the fruit of the vineyard.  But they grabbed the servant, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. Mark 12:2-3

The land owner sends a servant to collect what is due, in other words their payment for being able to work the land and profit from it, and this is where it gets crazy.  They beat the servant and send him away empty handed.  

So the landowner sends another servant and they do the same to him.  Then they send a third servant and the tenants kill him.  Then the landowner sends many other servants who are either beaten or killed.  Finally the landowner sends his son and he is killed.

It’s so crazy that we probably don’t see ourselves as the tenants in the parable.

Because we don’t see when we fail to see God as the land owner, the one who gives us what we need.  

The parable makes it clear that we will go to extreme lengths, to guard what we believe is ours.  

It speaks to our tendency to believe that we create our own future, we earn our living, we own, we possess, we deserve, apart from God and the gifts that God has given us, so much so that we put ourselves in the place of God.

Prayer:  Holy God, thank you for never giving up on me.  Help me to be a good steward of all that you have given to me.  May my words and my actions be fruitful in my community.  Amen.

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