Thursday, September 10, 2015
Daily reading: Matthew 20:1-16
Thursday September 10, 2015
Focus passage: When they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, ‘These who were hired last worked one hour, and they received the same pay as we did even though we had to work the whole day in the hot sun.’ Matthew 20:11-12
How do you quantify grace?
How do you measure generosity or love?
The parable while is simple in format, when we spend some time with it, realize that it really is describing a place other than our own world. (Which is the point, it is helping us to see a glimpse of God’s Kingdom.)
And while we like to proclaim that God is ever loving, ever generous and ever grace filled, there is still a part of us that believes we earn those gifts from God.
When we expand our thoughts on it, I have to wonder if we even quantify God’s forgiveness? Do we see it as a gift freely given or as something we have to earn?
And then we live it out. We might find ourselves quantifying how much we are to love one another based on how others love us; or how generous we should be based on the other person’s generosity toward us.
Our tendency is to believe that we earn our place in life, while the parable reminds us that grace is not earned, God’s generosity is freely given to all, no matter when we show up, or how we might try and quantify our worth. All are welcome and given more than enough.
Prayer: God help me to be generous and gracious today. Amen.
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