Mark 12:1-9 (NLT)
1 Then Jesus began teaching them with stories: “A man planted a vineyard. He built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. 2 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent one of his servants to collect his share of the crop. 3 But the farmers grabbed the servant, beat him up, and sent him back empty-handed. 4 The owner then sent another servant, but they insulted him and beat him over the head. 5 The next servant he sent was killed. Others he sent were either beaten or killed, 6 until there was only one left—his son whom he loved dearly. The owner finally sent him, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’ 7 “But the tenant farmers said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ 8 So they grabbed him and murdered him and threw his body out of the vineyard. 9 “What do you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do?” Jesus asked. “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others.
Jesus tells a parable about a man who owned a vineyard and then trusted to leave it in the hands of tenant farmers. Jesus was relating how God had given to the Jews in order to build His church, but they had not believed the prophets and others who had been a witness for God. Then Jesus said even the son came, but they murdered him too. He then asked what you suppose the owner of the vineyard will do. Actually He was asking, what should God do since you have rejected his prophets, and are now rejecting His son? And His reply was they would die and the vineyard given to others.
Stewardship is defined as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. In the parable above the owner entrusted the care of his vineyard into the hands of others, but he was rejected as though he had no ownership of the land. In the end Jesus said the owner will come and kill the farmers and give the land to someone else. God entrusts each of us with all our possessions and we are only stewards of what He has given us. We need to wisely follow God and carefully use what He has entrusted us with. And we should always recognize if not for God we would have nothing. God wants us to use our resources to draw others close to Him and build a relationship with Him. Are you a good steward of what God has given you? Pray and ask God how you can be more obedient to manage what He has entrusted you with.