Be patient, therefore, until the coming of the Lord—James 5:7
Jesus tells the story of the tenants in the vineyard. The owner of the vineyard sent a number of messengers to collect what was due him, but the tenants beat them up and kicked them out. Now if this had been a TV police episode, the owner would have called the cops with a warrant of arrest. These tenants, turned criminals, would have to face their day in court. But how do you suppose the owner of the vineyard responded to his tenant’s brutality? He simply sent another messenger—and they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What do we learn about God from this story? God is love. And his love is manifested in his patience toward us.
God has prepared a vineyard for us to manage. And he sends us many messengers to communicate his will. That great job you have didn’t come by your exceptional talent or good looks. God put you there. He’s coming today and calling for a return from you. He’s not asking for you to give him 90% of what you have, or even half of what you have. He’s says 10% is a good start, but he’s not primarily interested in your money. HE WANTS YOU. He’s asking you to first acknowledge his Lordship over your life.
God is so patient with you. If you have rejected his offer a dozen times, or a hundred times, or even a thousand times, he will keep on sending you messengers. Today, I just happen to be the most recent messenger he has sent to reach out to you with his most gracious offer. God is patiently waiting for you to respond to his message of love.