That’s exactly what these tenants in the parable were doing.
True enough – their biggest sin was mistreating and even killing those who came representing the vineyard owner. They even murder the owner’s son!
But the essential sin is that they desire to take what rightfully belongs to the owner. They claim to be His servants but are not producing fruit for Him.
The Teacher concludes - the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit!
The key to the parable is that God's people are called to produce the fruit of the kingdom. This is what God wants from us!
The kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
This may seem harsh. If we claim to be servants of God but do not produce this fruit, we too are stealing from God.
This makes it personal. Is my life bearing the fruits of the kingdom? Do I have Jesus' love, joy, peace, patience…in my heart?
This is what the kingdom of God is all about. And this is what being a student of Jesus means - seeking to become more like our Teacher!