Matthew 21:33–41 (NLT)

33 “Now listen to another story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country.

34 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop.

35 But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another.

36 So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same.

37 “Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

38 “But when the tenant farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’

39 So they grabbed him, dragged him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.

40 “When the owner of the vineyard returns,” Jesus asked, “what do you think he will do to those farmers?”

41 The religious leaders replied, “He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest.

1. To maximize profits, build a fully integrated business. From start to finish, his business controlled the product.

2. You cannot do everything yourself. You will need to trust others with your investments. They should earn from your assets but also be trustworthy.

3. You never know who people are until you are not there and money is involved. Only then do you see the true character of those you have trusted.

4. Ungrateful people never want to share; they only want control.

5. There will always be employees who believe the business belongs to them just because they work there.

6. This is why heirs are hated because it is all about control of the future by the ungrateful.

7. Sometimes, you need to clean the house to get a return on an investment.

8. Blessings/opportunities must be taken away from the ungrateful.