More Could Have Been Done?
more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? Why then,
when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes?
prophet Isaiah told the story of a man with a vineyard on a fertile hill. The
man cultivated the ground and removed the stones so that nothing would hinder
the vines’ growth. He planted only the best quality vines. He built a tower in
the middle of the vineyard so he could watch for wild animals and intruders. He
constructed a wine vat so that he would be ready for the ripe grapes. Then he
waited. Rather than producing good grapes, however, the vineyard produced
story illustrates the relationship between God and His people. God has done
everything necessary for us to produce an abundance of spiritual fruit in our
lives. He saved us when we were without hope. He gave us His Holy Spirit to
produce fruit in our lives (Gal. 5:22–23). He removed our sin so that we are
free to serve Him. We have the Bible in numerous translations. We have access
to more Christian books, music, videos, conferences, schools, radio and
television stations, magazines, and seminars than ever before. There are
churches of every kind and size. We have teachers and pastors to instruct us
and encourage us. Most of all, we have direct access to God through prayer.
Jesus said that to whom much is given, much is expected (Luke 12:48). One day
God will hold us accountable for all that He has done for us. He will ask us to
show Him the fruit of all of His bountiful provision for our lives. What will