Here’s what the Holy Spirit recently planted in my heart: Jesus talks about a vineyard in a parable. There are two sons. They are both asked to go and work in the vineyard. One says, “I won’t,” the other says “I will!” (Read Matthew 20:1-16).
The one who refused later went to work. The one who promised to go turned out to be a liar. He made an empty promise.
This brings me to another parable: the one about the talents. (Matthew 25: 14-30; Luke 19:12-27). Three men are found and are hired. One gets ten talents, the next gets three, the next gets one. Each one leaves with his gift. The first and second double their gift. The third buries his in the ground and does nothing with it.
Now look at another truth: This is possibly one of the most frightening Scriptures in the Bible. Turn to Revelation 22:15 where we find these words…
15: But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters and whoever loves and practices a lie.
We can go into each of these depictions of sin, but let’s take the very last one; the liar. Who, in the above two passages are liars? Those who said they would work but didn’t, either because they were lazy; couldn’t care less or were afraid. Did you know that cowards are not able to enter heaven? Go back to Revelation chapter 21. Verse 8 has some frightening truths as well.
8: But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
Who of the above are cowards? For one, we see the man with the one talent was too afraid of his lord, knowing him to be an austere man. The liar is the one who said he’d go into the vineyard to work but made his choice not to go.
Here’s another question: what do we depict as the vineyard? We see it also described as a field, white for harvest. (Please read John 4:34-38). We should be going into the field to work the harvest. Are we bothering, or are we too afraid? Do we have the ‘talent’ or more than one? Are we using what we’ve been freely given, (Matthew 10:8), passing it on to those who haven’t got the gift yet?
And what is the gift? The gospel of salvation. We have been chosen to work in the harvest field or the vineyard of God. If we don’t share His message with others, how shall any of His children come to Him? They can’t if they don’t hear about Him. Yet the Scripture teaches that all whom the Father has given to Christ will come to Him. (John 6:37; 39; 44). If we are not ready to stand for Him, he’ll find someone else. Because what He has spoken and what He has written shall not return to Him void and of no effect. (Isaiah 55:11). We have freely received the light of His word. It is by His mercy we have been saved. But here’s how we test our salvation – part of working it out with fear and trembling: (Philippians 2:12); we make ourselves ready for God’s use. If we don’t, we had better re-evaluate our situation with Him.
It’s as simple as that.