My Pastor, Steve Ramsdell once made a point in a sermon that there are huge dividends for doing God’s work. God’s bank never goes broke and there are rewards for encouraging others. In Christ, there is a reward and your needs will be met.
The piano piece at this link In The Garden: Norm Hastings, Piano helped me with focus and reflection as I read the passage. You may want to click as you read and think about what you may pray for today. Is there a plan of action God is giving you today?
Like the workers who didn’t know about the work the landowner had until later in the day in Matthew 20:1-16, many do not hear the gospel message and join into God’s work until later in life. Also, from the passage we learn that once called into God’s work, everyone receives the same reward. For all that accept Christ as Savior, the reward will be infinitely greater than deserved and all will be equally happy forever in the kingdom of heaven.
What is implied in today’s passage is that no one can work their way to heaven. Christ is our bridge to help us cross over; providing a path to follow right now and take us home to victory.
Many think that money will make them happy but it’s doing God’s work and having others join in that abundantly blesses. The effort brings multiple rewards. This day with God, think of someone you would like to invite to help in God’s vineyard. Ask for plans that will make a difference in the lives of people, pray for insight into how best to do it, and be thankful for the opportunity to do His work.
- Matthew 19-20 Questions for Reflection (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)
- Matthew 10:1-20 (wiseasking.wordpress.com)
- Paid for Doing Nothing | Matthew 20:1-16 | 112 (commonmansbiblejourney.wordpress.com)
- Saturday, February 25, 2012@Matthew 20-22 (phyllisbenigas.wordpress.com)
- The First Last, And The Last First (shirlblake.com)
- Dim Sum – Meritocracy vs the Grace of God (ptl2010.com)