“That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first. When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage. When they received their pay, they protested to the owner, ‘Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.’
Matthew 20:8-12 NLT
Matthew 20:8-12 NLT
I was listening to Joyce Meyer today. She was talking about the parable of the laborers. Where the people that got hired at the 11th hour (end of the day) were paid the exact same as the ones who had labored all day.
The interesting thing is that the laborers hired last were paid first. So, the ones who got hired first actually saw the amount that got paid. In fact, they thought to themselves that they would obviously get paid more than those hired last because they had labored all day. But that did not happen. You can just imagine all the grumbling, complaining, and outrage that accompanied that action.
I hate to admit it, but I can totally understand why they were outraged. It doesn’t seem fair that the ones who worked the least would be paid the same as the ones who worked the longest!
But Joyce pointed something out that I had never even thought of until she said it. When the boss went back to the place where laborers waited to be hired he found men there waiting. He asked them why they were still standing there. They responded that no one had picked them to be hired.
Yet, they were still there waiting. They had showed up for work, but no one had chosen them. They hadn’t thrown up their hands and walked away when nobody chose to hire them. In fact, the same boss who was there now to hire them had been there several times that day. But they hadn’t given up when He left with other workers. They refused to give up. They continued to show up and wait for the entire day. And they were rewarded for their perseverance by getting paid the same as the workers hired first.
You’ve got to love how God’s Kingdom works! The last shall become first. This echoes the same assurance as the parable of The Prodigal Son. God loves all His children equally.
And it also gives me the hope that even if the first part of life was squandered away or stolen from me that if I choose to show up and wait on God I will be blessed just the same as someone who has been with Him all along. My salvation is exactly the same as someone who was saved as a child. I will get the exact same salvation benefits as they do. There are no favorites in God’s family because we are each His favorite!
Now instead of feeling outraged for the first workers for getting paid the same as the last! I feel blessed that the last got paid the same as the first!
God’s economy is so much better than our earthly economy!
Until next time blessings and healing