What 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?
The prophet Isaiah told the story of a man with a vineyard on a fertile hill. The man cultivated the ground and removed the stones sothat nothing would hinder the vines’ growth. He planted only the bestquality vines. He built a tower in the middle of the vineyard so hecould watch for wild animals and intruders. He constructed a wine vatso that he would be ready for the ripe grapes. Then he waited. Ratherthan producing good grapes, however, the vineyard produced worthlessones. The story illustrates the relationship between God and Hispeople.
God has done everything necessary for us to produce anabundance of spiritual fruit in our lives. He saved us when we werewithout 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 moreChristian books, music, videos, conferences, schools, radio andtelevision stations, magazines, and seminars than ever before. Thereare churches of every kind and size. We have teachers and pastors toinstruct us and encourage us. Most of all, we have direct access toGod through prayer. Jesus said that to whom much is given, much isexpected (Luke 12:48). One day God will hold us accountable for allthat He has done for us. He will ask us to show Him the fruit of allof His bountiful provision for our lives. What will He find?