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DAY 39

Read: Luke 20:1-19

With a sincere heart, I’ve often prayed, “Lord, use me.”

I hear others iterate this same prayer too. We want to be used for God’s Kingdom. We want our lives to be poured out for His name’s sake.

But when I read today’s passage of Scripture, I wonder: Do we really know what this prayer could mean?

In the Parable of the Tenets, Jesus tells the story of an owner entrusting his vineyard to workers. Whenever the owner sent someone to inquire of the vineyard, the workers mistreated them. Then, of course, the owner sent his son, thinking the workers would surely treat the son of the owner better! But the workers kill the son instead.

The parallel of the parable is obvious. God sent messengers to the people. But the people mistreated the prophets. Finally, God sent His Son. But Him, they killed.

So when I ask God to “use me,” am I prepared for what that might mean? We live in a world that has an increasing intolerance of God’s people. We’ve all seen the images of Christians lined up, awaiting their execution — an execution for no other reason than the fact that they believe in Jesus.

But today’s parable gives us hope. Because we know there’s more to life than just this world. The true Owner of the Vineyard is coming back someday. And our hope is in Christ alone.

So I continue to pray, “Lord, use me.” But I also add to this prayer, “And give the grace to walk whatever road You have for me.”

Amen.
 

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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