Day 268: The Vineyard (Isaiah 4-6; Galatians 2)

“My well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it; so He expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes…What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it?” -Isaiah 5:1-2;4

Although these words were written in a prophecy to the people of Jerusalem a long time ago, they are also speaking to you today. You and I are incredibly blessed – we have everything we could ever need in this life, and so much more. First-rate educations, food in abundance, our health, family, friends, freedom, and the list could go on and on. We literally want for nothing (contrary to our complaints and constant need to have more and more stuff).

And yet, we make excuses as to why we can’t obey God. Maybe when we finish college, or get a good job. Or when you lose those 10 pounds, start a family or learn the Bible inside out…only then will you testify to the stranger in line behind you at the grocery store or say yes to that calling to move across the country.

But these excuses don’t cut it, and even worse, it breaks the heart of your God. He did everything for you, and in return, He only asks for your trust and obedience. Because that is the only way you will be able to do God’s work.

So, this is your motivation to stop hiding behind excuses and to start working on bearing good fruit in your life. Because what more could Jesus do for you that He has not already done?


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