READ : Matthew 20:1-16
This is not a parable of the kingdom of labor and management, it’s a parable of the kingdom of love and grace. The key is verse 15: “Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” The landowner didn’t have to hire these men. He could have gone to another street and hired those who were there. The workers had no reason to complain. The landowner would agree that it was unequal treatment, but it was not unfair treatment. In the eyes of many this method of paying his workers is peculiar. It defies reason. Isn’t that why he makes a good stand-in for God? His ways are not our ways. One of the most difficult things to understand is God’s grace. Why are some chosen and others not? Why do some come in the kingdom when they are young and others on their death bed? Why do some find believing easy and others find it difficult? During my many years in the ministry I have conducted the funerals of some great saints of God, but I have also conducted funerals of some who have found believing very difficult. Some live in doubt all of their lives and never seem to be able to make a decision concerning the Christian faith. How do I explain these differences? But for the grace of God. The older I get the more I marvel at this grace. It keeps me on my knees before Him.
God, may the grace that You have shown to me make me truly humble. In Jesus’ name. Amen.