God has placed us in His vineyard to cultivate the vines so they produce fruit. The theme of bearing fruit is repeated throughout the Bible. In Luke 20:9-18, Jesus tells a parable that talks about a man sending one of his servants “so they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard (verse 10, NIV).” The owner of the vineyard expects fruit from the vines the growers oversee.
The key here is that the vineyard and the vines do not belong to them. They are placed in the vineyard with the expectation that they will take what they have been given responsibility over and nurture the vines to produce fruit. However, in this parable the vine growers are focused on themselves and what they can gain from the vineyard. They toss out several servants the owner sends and then kill His son so they can acquire the inheritance (14). Jesus told the people what will happen to the tenants in this parable: “He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others (16).”
God gives us resources. He places us in His vineyard, with the expectation of bearing fruit. But if we do not produce fruit, he will give those resources to someone else to manage. In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, the master tells the servant who had nothing to show for what he was given, “Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents (28).”
God has given each one of us specific talents and resources. He has placed us in this moment in history with a specific purpose. We have a responsibility to learn that purpose and to seek to use what he has given us to bear fruit, no matter how small our resources may seem. Ultimately, we will be held responsible for what we did with what God gave us.
© 2022, Chris G Thelen
For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth Matthew 25:29-30 (NASB)
Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:46-46