28 April 2010 (Revee/Shavu'ot)|
Day #44, 5934 AM
The Mark of Repentance
Keeping To Your Assigned Vineyard
We are all here on earth on assignment, having been given a metaphorical "vineyard" to take care of. We are not to assume responsibility for the "vineyards" of others. Your "vineyard" or stewardship is tailor-made both for your own spiritual development as well as for the blessing of others. Try to assume responsibility for, or take over, another person's stewardship and you will not only spiritually stall but fail to grow or help the others you were sent to minister to. Neglecting or refusing to have anything to do with our own vineyard is something we will come to bitterly regret both in this life and in the eternities.
"Do not look upon me, because I am dark, because the sun has tanned me. My mother's sons were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept" (Song 1:6, NKJV).
Commenting on our passage of scripture today, Spurgeon once remarked:
The one who is not tending his own vineyard is running rampant and trampling underfoot the work of others like a bull that has escaped from his enclosure. And such people call their behaviour 'freedom' and 'living life' even if it is at the expense of others.
"A man who fears not God, will break all his laws with an easy conscience, but one who is the favourite of heaven, who has been indulged to sit at royal banquets, who knows the eternal love of God to him, cannot bear that there should be any evil way in him that might grieve the Spirit and bring dishonour to the name of Christ. A very little sin, as the world calls it, is a very great sin to a truly awakened Christian.
"I will ask you now, dear hearers (most of whom are members of this or of other churches), do you know what it is to fret because you have spoken an unadvised word? Do you know what it is to smite upon your breast, because you were angry? — justly provoked, perhaps, but still, being angry, you spoke unadvisedly. Have you ever gone to a sleepless couch, because in business you have let fall a word, or have done an action which, upon mature deliberation, you could not justify? Does the tear never come from your eye because you are not like your Lord, and have failed where you hoped to succeed? I would give little for your godliness, if you know nothing of this. Repentance is as much a mark of a Christian as faith itself. Do not think we have done with repenting when we come to Christ and receive the remission of our sins by the blood that did once atone. No; we shall repent as long as we sin, and as long as we need the precious blood for cleansing. While there is sin, or a proneness to any kind of sin, lurking in us, the grace of God will make us loathe the sin and humble ourselves before the Most High on account of it."
Wives are to labour in their husband's vineyard in the same way that men are to labour in Yah'shua's. His vineyard is the world and He has assigned each talmid or disciple a patch of that vineyard on which to labour, with a helpmeet to assist him. We have to give an account one day for that patch and whether we were good stewards of it or not, and one way to know whether we are labouring right is whether we are operating in the true spirit of repentance or not. It is a tell-tale sign. And if we're not repenting, we need to repent of that too.
"The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding [of life] have all those who do His commandments" (Ps 111:10, NKJV).
We are apt to judge others because they are involved in tragedy or disaster (such as Job) but the truth is unless we repent ourselves we will share their fate.
"There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Yah'shua answered and said to them, 'Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:1-5, NKJV).
"Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray Elohim if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity" (Acts 8:22-23, NKJV).
May that be our mind too.
"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me" (John 6:37-38, NKJV).