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Worth Found in Another


Matthew 20:1-16

Verse 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?

Yesterday we sorted out how agreements and accounts work in our story. Today we are going to be finishing our study of this parable as we dust off the main point – grace.

Grace is one of the most simplistically complex concepts of the Christian life. Yes, that sounds like an oxy-moron. There are times when earthy wisdom can’t explain the truths of the kingdom of God. This is one of those times.

Yesterday we talked about how the first-shifters didn’t think it was fair that the third-shifters got the same wage for working a much shorter time. In earthly terms it wasn’t fair and we would probably have had a fit about it if it had happened to us too. But that is where grace comes in. How would we really like it if we got what we deserve? We deserve nothing less than death for the sins we commit daily. Do we really want to question if God is dealing fairly with us?

Grace is the way God balances our accounts. We have earned death with our sin (Romans 6:23). When the end of the day – judgment day – comes and it is time to settle our accounts with God we don’t want what we have earned on our own efforts. We can work as hard as we want but left to our own efforts we could never earn salvation. This is why God’s generosity is so amazing.

When the landowner hired the various workers it wasn’t because he felt sorry for them. He had compassion on them but he hired them because he had work that needed doing and it was his choice to benefit others by paying them to do it. The benevolence of this landowner revealed his character. God’s generosity in grace reveals His character too. And His greatest generosity was the giving of His Son as a sacrifice for our sins and thereby paying the wages of our sins.

The workers in the parable were consumed by what they saw as their worth. Our worth is not about our work but about His. Grace is not grace if it is earned.

Making It Personal

Do you ever think about how your sins have earned you death? Does thinking about what you deserve help you see how amazing God’s grace is? Take a few minutes and tell God what His grace means to you.

Making It Personal Kids

Do you like getting in trouble when you deserve it? What do you think it means that Jesus got what we deserve? How should it make us feel that Jesus got what we deserved?

Closing Prayer

Father, we can’t thank You enough for the gift of grace through the sacrifice of Jesus. We deserve death and You give us life, abundant and eternal. We owe You our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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