Scripture: Matt. 20:
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them a denarius 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.’
Observation: God has a place for us all!
Application: I think we need to understand as we read this parable that it was not because the landowner needed so much help, which caused him to continually go to the marketplace and hire more workers, rather it was because of his concern for and desire to help the workers. We usually want to focus our thoughts on what the laborers got paid at the end of the day, because it seems unfair that those who worked the least got paid the same amount as those who worked all day. But God’s main concern is getting people into the kingdom, and we get there, apparently by being willing to work.
There are numerous examples throughout scripture that teach the fact that Christianity is not a set of theological statements that one accepts, rather it is a lifestyle that one embraces. Christianity is more than a creed we pronounce, it is the actions that we commit ourselves to daily. Faith without works is what? It’s dead, that’s what.
The workers in the landowner’s vinyard are reaping a harvest, it’s a harvest that the landowner believes is precious. He has tended the vineyard and loved the fruits of it into maturity and the harvest itself is… US… We are the fruits of God’s vineyard, the precious reward of God’s nurturing is more souls, more workers for more harvests yet to come. When the landowner is in the marketplace, he is not only hiring laborers to reap the harvest, he is also providing for a more abundant harvest for the laborers who are already in the vineyard. We are the harvest that this landowner loves so much, the laborers themselves are the most important thing, and the reward that he gives them is the same for all.
This should tell us something about how God is constantly reaching out to us, He is always trying to entice us to come work in the kingdom, to bring others along with us, and to tend to the nurture and growth of those already there. What is it that God is calling you to? It’s the same work that He himself is involved in, and that is bringing more workers into his vineyards. We all serve in different ways, but we are all called to work for God by serving, ministering to, and loving each other.
Prayer: Heavenly Father,
Help me to serve you by bringing others into your kingdom. Help me to teach and instruct the workers you have called, and to nurture them with the fruits of your love, grace, wisdom, strength and peace. Thank you for continually reaching out for more people to work, and for producing more harvest for those who seek to serve you.
Yeild: I release any thought that I have earned more favor from God than anyone else, because I’ve worked longer or harder than they. I know that the gift of God is eternal for all who serve Him.