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Parable of Workers in the Vineyard…

When we sow into the Kingdom it should never be a matter of what we get back…we all benefit because we are all part of the same Kingdom and the Kingdom benefits…The Most High King’s Kingdom is a Selfless Society…and Thy Kingdom is and should be our Kingdom…Matthew 6:9-13

Scripture of the workers…Matthew 20:9-16

Matthew 20 is the parable of the workers in the vineyard…It tells us about some men who worked all day long in the heat of the day and some who only worked half a day, and then some worked only one hour, but at the end of the day they all got paid the same amount, a day’s wage…Some of the workers got exactly what they agreed to before they started to work, but others got more. However, the men who worked all day long said, “That’s not fair. We worked all day long, and it’s not fair to pay us the same as those who worked less.”

But the men who worked all day got exactly what they had agreed to before they began work. The only reason they got upset was because other people got more than they deserved…

What did the paymaster say???  He said: “Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?”

The boss said he would give them a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work, and that’s what he did and yet the workers complained. Why???  Because they compared themselves with others and they thought they got the shorter end of the stick. They got their hopes up, and then they were disappointed.

Those who worked all day were angry for getting the same wages as those who worked less hours.

But the landowner said, “I am doing you no wrong. If you think it’s not fair, the problem is in what you expected, not in what you actually got. If it hadn’t been for the amount I paid the newcomers, you would be quite happy with what I gave you. The problem is in your expectations, not in what I did. You accuse me of being bad, simply because I was good to someone else…

How would you react to this???  What would you think if your boss gave a bonus to the newest employees, but not to the old faithful workers???  It would not be very good for morale, would it???

Jesus was telling a parable about the kingdom of God…

The parable reflected something that was happening in Jesus’ ministry… God was giving salvation to people who hadn’t worked very hard, and the religious leaders said, “That’s not fair. You can’t be generous to them. We’ve been working hard, and they have hardly been working.” And Jesus replied, “I am bringing good news to sinners, not to the righteous.” His teaching threatened to undermine the normal motive for doing good.

We might like to think that we have worked all day long, bearing the burdens and the heat of the day, deserving a good reward…

What hasn’t God given to us??? Paul worked harder than any of us; he made more sacrifices for the gospel than we realize, but he counted it all as a loss for Christ…It was nothing compared to the gain he had through Christ…

Jesus paid the price for us…

We are really like the workers who worked only one hour and got a whole day’s wage. We just barely got started, and we were paid like we actually did a whole days work…

Do we think of ourselves as people who have worked long and hard? Do we think we deserve more than we are getting? Or do we see ourselves as people who are getting an undeserved gift, regardless of how long we’ve worked???