Friday, July 15, 2011

For Lease ONLY

"Jesus then began to speak in parables: 'A man planted a vineyard.  He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower.  Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another pace'"
(Mark 12:1).

Have you ever thought about the differences between owning and renting.  As much as I love owning a home, and am very thankful to God for this amazing blessing, there are some advantages that I remember about the concept of renting.  When I rented an apartment, it was not mine.  It was leased to me.  I was allowed to live there, but I never bore the responsibilities of ownership.  If there was something wrong, I was to call the landlord.  If I wanted to make any changes to my abode, I had to call the landlord.  I could not live as though I owned it.  To do so would be arrogant, disrespectful, and wrong.

The farmers in this parable regarded the vineyard as though the "man" had given it to them.  They acted as thought they owned it, rather than it being leased to them.  It was still owned by another.  How often we live our lives as though we "own" it.  This life is a gift that has been lent to us.  It's on lease.  We are the occupiers, not the owners.  Everything we reflects back on the owner, and should be seen as a credit to His glory and honor.

This is life is not your own.  We you live as thought it is, you are both squandering an opportunity, stealing from the owner of all life.  Rather than squander and steal, choose to surrender: all that you have and all that you are to the One who created you and who holds you up and holds you together.  Take time today to spend with the One who loves you the most - the One who has the greatest purpose for your life.

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