The last time I was with you we were considering how that there is not one sinner in heaven which sought God before He sought them. "He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters," Ps 18:16. "For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell," Ps 86:13. "Salvation is of the LORD," Jonah 2:9. "We love him, because he first loved us," 1 John 4:19.
WHAT IT WAS THE FATHER WISHED HIS SONS TO DO.
"Son, go work to day in my vineyard," Matthew 21:28.
God has a vineyard. It is His Kingdom. "The kingdom of God," verse 31.
1. A vineyard is special place. It is the choicest ground, so situated to provide much sunshine and shelter. It is carefully and loving watched over. It is well protected.
"For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth," Deut 7:6.
"For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers," 1 Pet 3:12.