Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?
In this parable the landowner pays a full day’s wage to the workers who came in at the end, working just an hour. He paid those who worked for the full day a ‘full day’s wage’ also. Paying the last first, those who were first most likely were excited about what their pay would be. Proportionately speaking, it was looking to be an amazing pay day!
God doesn’t work in proportions. His grace is all-encompassing and messy. There will people in heaven who will be shocked by some of the other people who are there, I’m sure.
For me as a worker, the lesson is that God can do whatever He wants. My privilege is to work for Him. Whether it’s little pay, no pay or all the riches of Heaven, my joy comes in being in relationship with Almighty God and serving Him with my life.
There’s joy in this for sure, but don’t mistake this for easy. Working in vineyard is, well… work! There are days where I crash, hard… exhausted. There is a physical and emotional toll in working for God. There is anguish, even. There are prayers cried out to God through the night. There is the weariness of soul that ebbs and flows and even the occasional wondering if there’s something less taxing to do. The tank is frequently emptied… but God fills it back up. My cup overflows! Even goodness and mercy willll follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23).
Father, thank You for letting me work for You.