“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place.”
Notice all that the landowner did before the renters came in. He invested sweat equity in planting the vineyard. He took the time to build a wall around it. He dug the winepress—all by himself—before the days of heavy-duty farm equipment and machinery. He built the watchtower. He did all those things to produce a vineyard.
Just as the landowner in Jesus’ story made investments in his vineyard, God has made investments in our lives.
He pieced together 37.2 trillion cells and organized them into what you see when you look in the mirror each morning—cells that work together in such a way that the average person can get out of bed and not have to tell their brain to think, their heart to beat, their lungs to inflate, or their blood to flow in order for all those things to happen.
Additionally, he commands his angels to guard us. He actively watches over our lives, making sure all things work together for our good.
Most importantly, he invested the perfect life of his Son, Jesus, to redeem us from sin, death, and the devil.
Our God loves us. He cares for our lives and has invested so much in us already. He will never stop investing in us!
Lord, you are generous in what you invest in my life. Lead me to live a life of generous gratitude to you. Amen.