Don’t Give Up On Us, Lord!
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“At harvest time he sent a slave to the farmers to collect some of the fruit of the vineyard from the farmers. But they took him, beat him, and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent another slave to them, and they hit him on the head and treated him shamefully. Then he sent another, and they killed that one. He also sent many others; they beat some and they killed some. He still had one to send, a beloved son. Finally he sent him to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’” (Mark 12:2-6, HCSB)
Jesus talked in parables in such picturesque ways. The way He described the scenes of the parables captivated the listener. When He finished, you would sit there in either awe or frustration. Several biblical commentators say that Jesus’ word-pictures were priceless masterpieces.
In this parable, Jesus is in Jerusalem talking to religious authorities three days before His own execution at the hands of these same people. [I encourage you to please read the entire passage of Mark 12:1-12.] The moral of this story is that God (vineyard owner) created the world (vineyard) in such intricate ways and gave it to mankind (farmers) to oversee. Sin caused us to disrespect God. He sent several prophets and Godly leaders (slaves) to warn us of our disrespect and we either maimed or killed them all. Finally, God sends His only Son to this earth, and He is killed, too. Praise the Lord, we know the rest of the story since He rose again!
Just as the vineyard owner never gave up on collecting from the renters, God NEVER gives up on us. We can see throughout the Old Testament where He got frustrated and wanted to wipe humanity out. But He kept trying then and He keeps trying with us now. Even when we enmesh ourselves in sin, He is there knocking on the doors of our hearts just waiting on us.
If God keeps trying with us and offers us forgiveness, then we should never give up, either. It hurts to be lied to. It hurts to pour all you have into people and ministry only to feel like there are no results and appreciation. We often scream in our minds (if not audibly), “Why do I even try?!?!?”
Over these past months, my wife and I have walked on a journey with several people who have been going through some heavy issues. Oftentimes, they would ask, “Do you believe there is hope that things will get better? Do you really think we are going to make it? Be honest, what do you think?” And sometimes in the middle of these discussions, we would say, “I just don’t know.” Humanly, you want to tell them to walk away and begin again, but spiritually you know they need to have faith and keep trying. As I look at this passage, I am humbled that God never gave up on us. He saw and sees in us great value and worth although we are unworthy. Therefore, we should follow His example and give it all — don’t give up!!!
Father, When I am at the end of my rope remind me of Your unending goodness and help me to hold on just a little longer. Amen
Question: How do you keep going when you don’t have any energy left to do it anymore?