Thursday, February 25, 2021
“Equal in God’s Sight”
By Pastor Rob Harding
Passage: Matthew 20:1-18
“…they began to grumble against the landowner,
'These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said,
and you have made equal to us who have borne the burden of
the work…’” Matthew 10:11-12
Consider today this story found in Matthew’s gospel. Jesus, continuing to clarify the nature of the kingdom of heaven, offers this parable.
In some bibles, this section is titled “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.” While other translations vary slightly in their wording, the focus is clear: the workers are front and center, not the landowner.
I offer that initially so that we might focus in the right place, engaging what Jesus really wants us to consider here: how we, blessed as we are, still often cry “that’s unfair” when we think about God loving all people equally, even those we judge to be unworthy.
Perhaps it’s human nature for us to think from time to time: I go to church, they do not, so surely, I’m more worthy of God’s love. Or I’m living a good life, not caught up in addictions, as just one example, so of course God sees me in a more favorable light. Human nature? Yes, but far from “kingdom of heaven” thinking. Thus, we need to immediately and humbly confess each time we find ourselves there.
With this passage before us, today is a day of confession, humbling ourselves, if we’re willing, with prayers like this one on our lips.
Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I think I’m better than others. Forgive me when the righteous you’ve placed within me becomes self-righteousness. Rid me of the way of this world and lead me back to your path. Amen