From Pastor Perry

10/04/2017 Matt. 20:1-16

Matthew 20:1–16 (ESV)

Laborers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

 

We look at today’s reading and see it as unfair to the workers who have been there all day working compared to those who worked only an hour… and get paid the same.  We need to take a step back and look at this from a different perspective.  A Christian that has been serving the Lord for 75 years receives the reward of heaven.  A 75-year-old man that has only became a Christian one day ago dies and he too gets the same reward… Heaven.  While it is true that the one who just became a Christian has squandered 75 years that he could have served the Lord, but instead… he served himself.  This may seem unfair, but to a Christian, it is a true joy to see this lost person come into a relationship with Christ and go to heaven.  This is the love that the Lord has for us. 

 

I pray: O Lord, let me rejoice when the lost are found and are reconciled to the Kingdom of God.  Amen.

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