“Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Mat 21:43).

Here our Lord sums up the meaning of The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers pointedly. In the parable, the Pharisees and Sadducees are the Vinedressers whose fruits do not match the faith they profess to possess. They are in the habit of persecuting God’s messengers, culminating in the execution of the Son of Man Himself. Although they claim to be in the Kingdom of God, yet they consistently work against it. That’s why Jesus says the Kingdom will be taken away and given to people that produce matching fruits. Corresponding fruits in this case therefore refer to an attitude of embracing and recognising the servants of God and His primary envoy, Christ Jesus. It’s not possible to love God and dislike His servants! Do your best to manifest the Kingdom fruits by welcoming, celebrating and recognising His servants and His Son. Don’t let the fact that some Christian ministers and leaders make mistakes or commit sin alienate you against all genuine servants of God. Acknowledging the Father’s ambassadors is a spiritual fruit few contemporary believers know. Are you bearing that fruit?

Pastor Josh