2021_03_12 Insight Post- Emma Keeton
This week's reading- Matthew 19 & 20
“I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius?”
The parable of the workers in the vineyard is a beautiful picture of God's generosity in His kingdom. A landowner hires workers for his vineyard at a daily rate of one denarius. Later, the landowner hires more workers and agrees to pay them 'whatever is right.' The landowner goes out three more times to hire additional workers. At the end of the day the ones that were hired last were paid first and everyone receives the same pay. Those who worked all day complained and expected to be paid more for a long, hard day's work. The landowner reminds them they were paid exactly what was agreed. Next he asks them a brilliantly insightful question. “Are you envious because I am generous?”
How often do we use a human measure when it comes to generosity instead of God's measure? Our thoughts can naturally go to what is 'fair' or what someone deserves. Yet God offers us ALL grace upon grace. We hold back and pass judgement with the distorted view that we are in some way superior to others. We justify and weigh the evidence forgetting the grace that's afforded to us every day. All this happens in the secret place of our thought life where our attitudes and actions are birthed.
God says, “My ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9). There is always plenty to go around in God's kingdom. Plenty of chances, plenty of healing and plenty of redemption. There is no need for us to hold on tightly to what we think is fair because we won't lose out when someone else is blessed. God can spend his money however he likes, he has enough. And God, being generous in nature, blesses us when we are generous too: “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured onto your lap” (Luke 6:38).
Father, I give you permission to show me my heart.
Where have I passed judgement that is not mine to make?
Correct and expand my thinking,
Making me see just how deep, wide and high the love of God is.
Thank you, Father.
In Jesus name.
Prayer Team Lead