Workers in the Vineyard: We’re the workers, God’s the landowner and the world is the field. Matthew 20:1-16
The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last
Matthew 20: 9-13, 16
What this Means
The Kingdom of God is about…
God’s care and compassion – Whether you work all or some of the time, there’s a place for you. God does whatever it takes to invite us to find and pursue our purpose. You are cared for and welcome on His team.
How awesomely unfair God is – Little seems more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal’s! The biggest scandal in Christianity is the scandal of grace. It doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done – God accepts you as you are!
Taking responsibility rather than demand rights – The workers had no right to complain as they were getting what they had agreed upon. We need to be men who take responsibility for our actions, rather than “cry foul”. Take responsibility!
God’s economy of grace - What God gives is a gift, not a payment; it is a grace not a reward.We are grateful because it is only through the intervention of Jesus that we can receive anything. God has given so much to us!
Reflection and Application
- How does it affect how you live knowing that God is always inviting you into His care and helping you fulfill His purpose for your life? Are you at work in the vineyard?
- What are some ways that God has been unfair for you and given you what you didn’t deserve?
- What are some things in your life that you need to take greater responsibility for?
- Take a moment and calculate some of the things that God has given you and allowed you to experience. Thank Him for them.
Lord, we’re grateful for your care and compassion – that you welcome us into your kingdom and invite us to fulfill the incredible purpose that you have for us. Help us to receive your grace and radically extend it to others as we talk responsibility on and off the field. May we always be grateful for what you have given to us. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.