Living a forgiven life
Today's devotion is based on Matthew 20:13-16, "He (the owner of the vineyard) replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?' So the last will be first, and the first last."
In the parable of the workers in the vineyard, Jesus tells a story that challenges our understanding of fairness. The landowner agrees to pay a certain wage to the workers who start work early in the day. But when he hires more workers later in the day, he also pays them the same wage. The workers who started early are outraged. They feel like they have been treated unfairly.
But the landowner reminds them that he is free to do whatever he wants with his own money. He is also generous and wants to bless all the workers, regardless of how long they have worked.
This parable teaches us that God's grace is not fair in how we think of fairness. It is not based on our merit or our performance. God's grace is available to everyone, regardless of when we come to Him.
Even if we have only started working in God's vineyard recently, we are just as precious to Him as those who have worked for many years. We are all called to work in God's kingdom and will be rewarded for our faithfulness.
God, thank You for calling me to work in Your vineyard! Help me to continue with the work You have for me, be faithful to You, and remember to put others before myself, wanting the best for them. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.