The Parable of the Vineyard Workers
It’s human nature to have a keen sense of fairness. Hard work deserves a favorable outcome. But when the promotion doesn’t come, our sense of fairness is slighted.
If we’re completely honest with ourselves, most of us have wondered "What’s in it for me?", even when contemplating following Jesus Christ. We don’t like to admit it, but it’s a natural question that arises particularly when we’re facing tough times. Let's attempt to answer this interesting query.
Let’s be honest, when we’ve done something good we want a pat on the back. Even in spiritual matters, it’s hard not to expect God to reward us for our work! An insightful discovery about God's grace.
When we complete our workweek we want to receive what we deserve, a week’s paycheck. It’s a just reward for what we’ve done.
Sometimes work can feel like a burden, but it’s beneficial because it provides for our daily needs. In the same way, it may feel like a burden to work for Christ. But when we’re obedient, God faithfully and graciously provides for us in return.
Imagine you’ve been tirelessly working for years. You’ve put in your dues. Then the boss gives the promotion to the new guy. It’s just not fair! Let's address a similar issue that arose in one of Jesus’ parables.
Hebrews chapter 13, verse 5, says “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.” But when difficult circumstances arise it’s not always easy to believe God’s promise. We feel forsaken and alone, and faith comes reluctantly.
Sometimes life isn’t fair. But according to the “Discover the Word” team, unfairness doesn’t automatically equate to being unjustly treated. Let's look at a story Jesus told that at first glance may seem unfair.
Our employment system dictates that a full day’s work deserves a full day’s pay. But in Jesus’ economy, we receive even more than we’ve bargained for!