For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. Matthew 20:1-7
Notice this is the “Parable of the Workers” this is not a parable of the couch sitting Christians or closet Christians. We as Christians need to get to work, if you are truly a Christian you are a servant of Christ. What did Christ command us to do at the Great Commision? Go and preach the gospel to all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19) It’s time to get to work for The Lord, time is running short and souls are perishing on a daily basis
Now in this parable, we see many different workers, who are symbolic of The Church. Many Christians have done different ministries and different degrees of work for God. However we all have the same destination, the Kingdom of God. We need to be careful not to allow our egos being the inspiration for our ministries. We are servants of Christ, we shouldn’t be concerned how much glory we receive or how much others receive, all glory belongs to God
So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:8-16
When it came time for the laborers to get paid, they all got paid the same. Some complained, I did more than this person, as Jesus said “Is it not lawful for me (Christ) to do what I will with my own” Who are we to tell God how he should do things? This is exactly what we do many times as humans, and this is what many Christians do also. Instead of us just serving The Lord, we want credit and praise, but we shouldn’t expect anything in return for serving The Lord
Pride leads to destruction (Proverbs 16:18) we see this over and over again, whenever sin is involved it usually begins with pride. Remember Jesus said “Anyone who wants to be my disciple must deny themselves, carry their cross, and follow Christ” (Luke 9:23) Your true reward is eternal salvation with our Lord and God, Amen!