MAY 20 - Proverbs 20 and Luke 20:9-18

MAY 20 - PROVERBS 20:21 and LUKE 20:9-18
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed."
Proverbs 20:21
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The Vineyard Owner
"Then began He to speak to the people this parable: A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen,and went into a far country for a long time. And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him and sent him away empty. And again, he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also and cast him out. Then said the lord of the vineyard, 'What shall I do? I shall send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him when they see him.' But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves saying, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him that the inheritance may be ours.' So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do to them? He shall come and destroy these husbandmen and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it they said, God forbid."
Luke 20:9-18
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Illustration with 20 - Create a $20 dollar bill and sketch a simple rectangle box, and you're done. For a little extra help create grapes from the 0. We are reminded of an ill-gotten inheritance which turns sour in the end. The owner of the vineyard, whose presence was temporarily absent, will be very much present in the end. Those individuals who misused and abused what was theirs to steward, will suffer a retribution that carries an eternal consequence.
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God loved and doted on His Jewish people in considerable ways: The oracles of God, provision of God and manifestations of God were given exclusively to "them."
He sent them prophets, priests, judges, kings ... and finally He sent them His Son, in an effort to display His lavish love and favor on them.
God's overtures of love were met with a callous and careless disregard.
For this reason the inheritance was removed temporarily from one people (Jews) and forwarded to the Gentiles.
The people's choice.
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Lest we shake our heads at the response of the Jewish people to God's best gifts ... consider the inheritance given us:
-God has given us the inheritance of His word; how invested in it are we?
-God has given us the inheritance of His Spirit; is He made to dwell in purity or corruption?
-God has given us the inheritance of His Son; do we readily testify to Him and identify with Him, or are we silent?
The callousness, casualness, and carelessness of the human heart in its indifference to the spiritual inheritance we've been given by God is staggering and saddening and without justification.
But be sure of this:
Our response to the overtures of God's love, mercy, and compassion carries eternal consequence and ... a salvation inheritance quickly gotten in its beginning, with a sinner's prayer and a "one-time" show of heart, but which has produced no fruit of sanctification is going to suffer a serious retribution.
God is paying attention.
His seeming "absence" is gong to manifest itself at a very inconvenient time for a great many of us; and His time of return is going to be our time of accounting.
-We each choose what we do with the inheritance Christ has given us.
-We each in some way, use or misuse, the inheritance we've been blessed with.
-We will either be commended or condemned for our use of the inheritance we've been given.
When the Owner of the vineyard returns ... how will it be?
Our choice.
His response.
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Careless, casual indifference manifests itself continually in us, Lord. Apart from You, our hearts are a pitiful and pitiable place of dwelling. Cleanse us through the bathing of confession and bring to mind those arenas of inheritance that have suffered abuse and neglect. Let regard for Your word, Your Spirit, and Your Son be observed with sincerity, carefulness, and humility.
For all that we have because of You,
Thank you.
For all that we have misused and neglected,
Please forgive.
Let our ending be stronger than our beginning;
The last chapter better defined than the first;
And our lives lived stronger today than yesterday.
Help us to grasp the true riches that we possess in You and invest wisely in our spiritual inheritance.
Amen.
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QUESTIONS to PROVOKE:
1) With consideration to God's word, His Spirit, and His Son ....what does spending your inheritance wisely mean for you today?
2) A wise investment will produce more; a poor investment will produce less. Where is God observing a beautiful return on the gifts He's given you?
3) If you choose to neglect or misuse the inheritance Christ has given you ... what will be the outcome?