“Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

John 15:4-5

(Isaiah 5:1-4 NIV) I will sing for the one I love, a song about his vineyard.  My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside.  He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines.  He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well.  Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit….What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it?  When I looked for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?  

WHAT A PRECIOUS PICTURE Isaiah describes of how the husbandman loved, prepared, and tended his vineyard.  Did that vineyard have reason to boast in itself  – even if it had produced an abundance of quality fruit?  Of course not!  The husbandman did it!  Jesus said in John 15:1 that he is the true vine and his Father is the husbandman.  He carefully chose the place, took out the stones, worked the soil, planted it with choice vines, armed it with guards, and prepared for the produce.

FOR THE NEXT FEW DAYS  I want to look at the vineyard in this parable; I will be comparing/contrasting it (the vineyard) with today’s local churches in America.


WHEN GOD CALLS A MAN to build a church, what happens?  Isn’t it like establishing the vineyard?  Choose location, check city hall, count population, start an advertizing campaign, draft a solid core group, begin prayer meetings, organize and administer, and dream the dream.  He has 68 people and he is going to have world-wide impact!  And sure enough, in just three years his 68 people becomes 680 people, and he does send out six missionaries, and he does have world-wide impact.  The fruit looks good, and he has been so busy fulfilling dreams that nothing has fazed him.  


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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10 Responses to THE VINEYARD

  1. Wow, SOUNDS like he’s off to a good start..
    Looking forward to “the rest of the story.”
    P. S. Thanks for the updated picture. I already feel as if I know you, even though we’ve never met. (Thanks to blogging, I have a lot of good friends like that. 🙂)
    Blessings in 2022.❤️

  2. says:

    Looking forward to this as well. Love your new picture too. Beautiful inside and out.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for being among my “stable supports” when I go where angels fear to tread. Did you notice this picture is different than my “playful” picture? That’s because I’m taking on my “I’m the teacher” look for these posts. I bet you go look at yesterday’s picture now, won’t you? 😀

  3. capost2k says:

    Going to tell us the name of this pastor or church? Just keeping us in suspense? It’s working!! 😉

  4. Salvageable says:

    I love the Lord’s metaphor of the vineyard, and I look forward to seeing what you will do with it. My parents had a grapevine on the edge of their vegetable garden. Not enough to be called a vineyard, just enough to produce a few grapes for autumn snacking and for a batch or two of jelly. J.

    • oneta hayes says:

      The Vineyard paints a concrete picture of the church. It is true as applied to an individual or to the church. I think there were some grapevines on our acre when we bought this place. We didn’t maintain them. There were blackberries, I know. Same care for them – none. 😀

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