The scripture for today is Matthew 20:1-16, NIV.
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “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.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
As a teacher, I often hear kids saying ”that’s not fair” to other students and to adults. We expect to get our fair share. We want honest or fair wages for our work. But this parable is not really about fair or equal wages. The owner gave the same wages to all, regardless of when they began their work. God promised eternal life to those who followed Him.
So, if you repent and follow Jesus, it doesn’t matter if you are 5 or 15 or 50 years old. His promise is eternal life with Him –not because you earned it, but because of His great love, grace and mercy. His death was once and for ALL, even those not born yet are part of “ALL”. His mercy, grace, and love are beyond our understanding. Our God is faithful and His word is true. So, whether you come to faith early or late, His promise of eternal salvation will be yours. Our God is so good and gracious!
Dear God, Thank you God for being a God of mercy and love. I know I can abide in your promises and You will always call me to be Yours. Amen
Prayer Concern: For the lonely and lost. Amen