ďThe workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ĎThese who were hired last worked only one hour,í they said, Ďand you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.í
Matthew 20:9-12 (NIV)
I imagine most of you have a job. Some of you are paid by the hour and some of you are salaried. Now imagine you have worked an eight hour day and someone else who is doing the exact same job gets paid the same amount you get for only working an hour. Címon, is that fair? Now imagine someone says I will give you one-hundred dollars to work an eight hour day. Later in the day someone comes along and only works five hours, three hours, or only one and they are given that same one-hundred dollars. Do you rejoice with them or do you get angry and say, hey I worked a whole lot more hours shouldnít I get more pay. Then the boss says, hey you agreed to work for one-hundred dollars and so did they. Hmmm, címon is that fair?
Well that is what the land owner told all the disgruntled workers: ďBut he answered one of them, ĎI am not being unfair to you, friend. Didnít you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Donít I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?í Matthew 20:13-15 (NIV).
Jesusí parable is not about money as we know. Jesus was talking about entering into the Body of Christ and entrance into Heaven. Jesus was talking about our very salvation. Jesus is telling us it doesnít matter when we come but when we come, we can be saved into eternal salvation. There are some that were saved when they were children and some much later in life. Each gets the same entrance into heaven through Jesus Christ. Címon is that fair? In Godís world itís not about fair it is about love. In Godís world itís about Forgiveness. In Godís world it is about Mercy. In Godís world it is about Grace. God is longing for you to come into the vineyard. Are the wages fair? Coming into the vineyard later in life myself, I am sure glad it is not about fair but about love and extreme grace.