[CF Devotionals] 2018-07-07 - The Parable of the Workers

- - - - - - -

In Matthew 20:1-16, we find the parable of the workers in the vineyard. A landowner hires men to work in his vineyard and agrees to pay them a denarius for their day's work. A denarius was considered the usual daily wage. Some workers were hired early in the day. Others were employed at 9:00 am, noon, 3:00 pm, and 5:00 pm. These subsequent workers were promised a fair wage. At the end of the day, the landowner paid all of his workers. Each received a denarius, regardless of how long they had worked. Those workers who had worked all day were not happy about those who had only worked one hour, receiving the same wage. They said, "These men who were hired last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day." (Matthew 20:12, NIV).

I have always had trouble with this parable. I can identify with the workers who have worked all day. It doesn't seem fair that those who worked only one hour received the same pay as those who worked all day. But the landowner explains, "Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? (Matthew 20:13, NIV). He also said, "Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?" (Matthew 20:15, NIV). The parable explains that God's love is shown to all of us, regardless of how long we have loved Him. Jesus showed his love for us by paying the price for our sins. He paid the same price for all of us. Have you accepted His sacrifice?

[email richard] Richard Moser, Jr

Please visit our Christian Fellowship Facebook page, and we welcome your input on our fledgling page!
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted

CFD | July 2018 | Richard's Devotions | Yesterday's Devotion | Devotional Topics