July 19, 2010

It’s not fair

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 7:36 pm

Matthew 20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?

The workers with a complaint in this story seem to have a fair point.  They worked for nine hours and received the same wage as those who worked for one hour.  It seems wrong on so many levels: inequitable treatment, rewarding minimal effort, demotivating the workforce… the list could go on and on.  The spiritual parallel of someone living how they want then turning to You on their deathbed seems no more fair than the treatment of the all-day labourers.

The key to this parable is in the rate of pay.  The master of the house had a single price for work that day, take it or leave it, with no mention of an hourly rate.  Those who worked from early on and at various stages of the day may have felt hard done by at the end but they had the secure knowledge all day long that they would be okay at the end of the day.  The later they left it, the less work they had to do but the less chance they had of getting any work or any pay.

Just as the wages of sin is death so Your salary is life.  It’s an indivisible reward.  No-one can receive a small piece of everlasting life – it’s all or nothing.  If it was a wage it would be unfair but it’s nothing I can earn, which makes it a gift.  The greatest, most amazing, costliest gift ever.  Thank You.


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