Pastor Calvin Barnes
He went on to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, rented it to some farmers and went away for a long time. At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. He sent another servant, but that one also they beat and treated shamefully and sent away empty-handed. He sent still a third, and they wounded him and threw him out.
“Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.’
“But when the tenants saw him, they talked the matter over. ‘This is the heir,’ they said. ‘Let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others.”
When the people heard this, they said, “God forbid!”
Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written:
“‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?
Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”
The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest him immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people. - Luke 20:9-19
Today, Pastor Calvin Barnes guides us through the Parable of the Tenant Farmers in Luke 20:9-19. With this allegory, Jesus addresses the high priests and scribes who are twisting God’s Word for their own purposes.
Pastor Calvin challenges us that we can do the same thing today. When God asks us to do something that feels scary and we choose partial obedience, that’s really not obedience!
We may not be the best at something or the most well-known person, but there is something you and I can always do. We can choose to be simply, reverently responsive to what God asks of us!
Question: What are you holding back from God? Where are you not being fully obedient to Jesus, to God’s Word, to who He’s called you to be?
Family Chat: Discuss with your family what partial obedience looks like. Should we obey our parents the first time they ask us to do something?
Take Action: Choose today, right now, to hold your hands out to your kind Father, picturing yourself handing over whatever you have held back from Him. Choose today to phone a friend and let them know what you believe the Lord is telling you is your next step. Don’t delay!