So he expected it to bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth wild grapes. (Isaiah 5:2b)
This farmer comes out after all of this work he has done to savor the delightful succulence of his grapes. Unfortunately, he discovers that despite all of the money, time, and energy he’s expended, he hasn’t grown sweet grapes. Instead, wild brier vines growing on the side of the road have overtaken his field and produced bitter-tasting grapes. Similarly, God has given you the energy, mind, and insight to be productive. When He comes and looks at your life, does He find sweet, fruitful, productive, mature grapes, or does He walk away dissatisfied because all you’ve produced are sour grapes?
Be challenged by Romans
Romans doesn’t let us sit still. In Romans, Paul talks about the obligation we are under to spread the truth of the Gospel and to engage with the culture around us. He talks about the journey we must make after we accept the God’s gift of salvation. We are called to leave our comfortable and easy corners and spread the message of Christ’s sacrifice to everyone around us, because we have been freely justified!