“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.”
In most cities, there’s a place where unemployed people gather every morning hoping for an honest day’s work. Typically they are manual workers and people with jobs will drive their pickup trucks to these locations and select the biggest and strongest first.
This is similar to the scene Jesus describes as He says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.”
The surprising part of this story is that the landowner went back to select more workers—not once, not twice, but three more times. And the last time he went, there was only one hour of work left in the day! There was also not much promise of strength and ability in the last workers to be chosen.
Jesus wants us to know that no matter when we decide to follow Him, and no matter what our own strengths and abilities are, each person receives the same benefit at the end of the day.
Jesus, the landowner, gives each of us the same gift of grace. And this is not something we can earn or pay off by working in God’s kingdom.
The gift of grace is just that…a gift! And we are called to share God’s love and grace freely with others.
Dear God, thank You, for your gift of grace. Help me to accept it with gratitude and teach me to share it with others no matter their status in life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.