Luke 20:13-16 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.”
And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”
Whether the response of “Certainly not” from the audience was in regard to the wicked actions of the vinedressers or the giving of the vineyard to others, I don’t know. But I do know that Christians, including myself, are notorious for responding to God’s warnings with “I would never do that” … which means they probably will. In churches around the world there are Christians and church leaders who are in sin while saying, “I would never do that.”
Refusing to recognize that we all have a common enemy who sets traps and knows how to manipulate our flesh nature is like standing on a greased diving board over a dry pool … Unless you admit that you can fall, pride will draw you out onto that board. “Hey y’all, watch this!” Once you climb out too far onto that greasy board you’re gonna fall and it’s gonna hurt. Realize you need God’s grace every hour, minute and second and draw near to Him. Don’t stand on a greasy diving board of self confidence over a dry pool. “I can’t fall” eventually did. “I don’t want to fall” held on for life. Cling to God in every moment of life. Cover your day in prayer and soak up the Word of God. These days are full of traps designed to make you stumble and fall. Walk in wisdom and hold tight to God.
Ephesians 5:15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.