The parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) shows that the landowner chose to reward those that started late in the day with the same wages as those who started at the beginning of the day. It was an act of mercy by the landowner and shows us that in the same way God sheds His grace and mercy on those of His choosing. It doesn’t depend on our desire or effort, but on God’s choosing. Maybe we believe if we’ve been a Christian for the majority of our lives, we should expect more favor from God than those who have become Christians more recently. This would be falling into the same trap that the workers who started the day with an agreed upon wage, that they should receive more than those who started late in the day. God told Moses in Exodus, “I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.” Let us be thankful for the grace and mercy that God has shown to each of us.

by Glenn Sage, Deacon

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