I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today! Here’s a preview…
As I continue my work to stay ready and available for God to move in and through me, he is working on both my head and my heart. Recently my responses have taken a front-row seat in this journey of refinement and alignment.
In the parable of the vineyard workers in Matthew 20, Jesus tells the story of a landowner who hired workers at various times throughout the day. He told the first workers he hired he’d pay them one denarius each. He told the workers he hired later that he’d pay them “whatever is right.” At the end of the day, the first workers thought their compensation would change when the land owner paid the later workers that same one denarius. They were wrong.
Jesus said, “‘When the first ones came, they assumed they would get more, but they also received a denarius each. When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner: ‘These last men put in one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden of the day’s work and the burning heat.’ He replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius? Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what is mine? Are you jealous because I’m generous?’” (Matthew 20:10–15 CSB). Read the rest here.