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It's not fair, thanks be to God!

St. Peter & St. John Lutheran Churches  
Evansville & Ruma, IL

Tue, Sep 13, 2005 

We know what is fair.  But read Matthew 20:1-16.  Jesus says "the Kingdom of Heaven is like a Landowner Who went outů to hire workers for His vineyard" at the beginning, middle, and end of the day.  In the end He gave each one a full day's wages.  Our sense of right and wrong is offended.  Don't those who labored all day deserve more than those working for only an hour? 

The Landowner is unfair - but thank God for that!  Despite what we think is fair, He is generous and desires to give the last workers as much as the first (v. 14). 

God is generous, so none of us receive what we deserve.  Do you think you have done everything God has given you to do?  You may have done some extraordinarily kind things in your life, been charitable and even now desire to help Hurricane victims - but recite God's Ten Commandments and then examine yourself according to them.  Not just 7 or 8 of them, but all 10. 

There was One Worker who did what the Landowner wanted perfectly.  He worked all day, from the earliest moment of Christmas morning.  Yet He was despised and rejected by men.  Although He should have been first, He was last.  Although Jesus deserved glory and honor, He received nothing but suffering on earth - dying on the Cross for all our sins.  That is unfair! 

We would still be doing nothing in our lostness.  But our Heavenly Father raised Jesus from the dead.  In the Bible He declares to us that the work Jesus did is given to us as a free gift, without our works (Ephesians 2:8-9).  We inherit the forgiveness Jesus earned.  So do not be envious that the Master is generous toward others.  Instead rejoice in the unfair Landowner Who gives the same salvation to His workers in Christ, whom God hires throughout the day, throughout their lives.

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