TOPIC: You Must Shine
“And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner” (Mark 12:10).
Believers are daily engaged in the battle of their lives; a war of attrition declared by the devil who is desperate to halt the realisation of God’s purpose in their lives. But God assured us of victory.
However, the certainty of defeat is not a disincentive for the devil as it spurs him on to fight more fiercely, forcing lukewarm believers to buckle under. Little wonder Jesus admonished us to “watch and pray”. Our text is a parable. The vineyard in the parable is the nation of Israel, and the owner of the vineyard is the almighty God Himself. He painstakingly cultivated Israel as the source of salvation to the whole world. But they and their leaders, the husbandmen, frustrated His plans. When He observed their unfaithfulness, He sent His servants – the prophets and priests – to warn them. Rather than amend their ways, they routinely maltreated these servants.
Eventually, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, believing that they would show more respect and honour Him. But they conspired and killed Him, on the futile belief that they would then takeover the vineyard. God was left with no other option than to visit them with vengeance, striped them of their privilege and gave their place to the Gentiles. They rejected the Chief Cornerstone on which God laid the foundation of the redemption of man. Today, some think they can seize the keys of blessings of others and hinder their progress. They might even kill those whom God destined to spread the gospel. But as God’s messenger, be comforted that He has spoken well concerning you. Only let Jesus be the Cornerstone of your life.
Thought for the day: A house set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Bible Reading in one Year: ISAIAH 44-48