#80

In the parable of the goodman and his hired servants, (Matthew 20: 1-16)  we see that the goodman encountered some disappointment expressed by the first hour workers.  Of all things, they were upset because the goodman had made subsequent hired servants equal to them by also giving them a penny.  They did not mention that this is what they agreed upon at the beginning of the day.  In verse 12, they justified themselves as being better because they had "borne the burden and heat of the day".  This confession by the first hour workers clearly shows that, yes, they had worked, but under their own authority and headship.  Psalm 91:1 says, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty".  If the first hour workers had worked under God's Headship, they would have been overshadowed by the Almighty.  We see from Jesus' own words, that "there is none good but one, that is, God:" in Matthew 19:17.  Their conplaint was against the Father of the vineyard.  His response was, "take that thine is and go THY WAY:" (Matthew 20:14).  Meaning, leave me and go do what you are most familiar with, you love your own headship and authority above me, I have done you no wrong.  

In 1 Corinthians 9:7-9, the Apostle Paul reaffirms an Old Testament principle:  that if you labor in a vineyard, then you are blessed to partake of the increase  of that vineyard.  Also, in 1 Corinthians 3:5-10, The Apostle Paul again explains that "every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour".  Our personal relationship with Christ is a vineyard and the fruit of the vineyard, which includes seeds, is be planted into the hearts of those around us.  Planting seeds in hearts of others will evertually produce new fruit, new life, that will redound unto the sower of the seed.  Reaping new life will be the reward for sowing into someone's heart.  

In another parable about a vineyard, (Matthew 21:33-41) Jesus, in verse 35, states that the husbandmen took the owners' servants and "beat one and killed another".  The word "killed" means:  to deprive of spiritual life. The husbandmen of the vineyard selfishly controlled the seed of the vineyard by not sharing, and killed the owners' servants.  We do the same thing.  By not allowing the LORD to be the Head and Authority over the seed in our own vineyard, (our relationship with Him) we deprive spiritual life to those around us by controlling how, when, where, and to whom we share this seed.  The stature of the Son of God in us needs to be shared.  Jesus, while on earth, in blessing or opposition, continually plucked the fruit from the vineyard of His relationship with His Father, and gave seed wherever and whenever the Father spoke.  If we want more life, then we need to share from our vineyard.  Manifest the truth, under God's Authority, and kill it not!  Deprive not those around us of spiritual life, which we will reap as a consequence of sharing!