Read Matthew 20:1-16 first.
This parable could have multiple meanings, and most likely does. One aspect of this parable that I want to discuss is not the question itself, or the answer but why we ask the question? Basically instead of addressing the answer to the question, I want to discuss the reasons behind asking the question instead. I don’t want to go into detail of the parable and discuss the meaning of works, and the individuals, and the amount of time spent doing the works. I want to concentrate on the idea, and the opportunity we are given, and how we treat, look at, and compare the opportunities.
In life we are constantly are in contact with the idea, is it fair? Most of the time it is because we compare our self and how we are treated, to another person. Ones individual blessings to ours, for example. We are not perfect and most likely will never be, and I believe that this question arises from our imperfection. When we ask this question, I believe that we don’t fully understand God, and his relationship with us. Instead of treating our relationship with God, as another religion, and treating the relationship as a reward system for a list of do’s and don’ts, we need to look at Jesus as a savior, who saved us according to his will when we rejected him. And God as a father who loves us, and chose us knowing that we would mistreat him and disobey him, and very often would embarrass and turn away from him. Then, when God calls us to him and do the works, and instead of complaining on the works we have to do, and debating whether we are saved by his grace or our works, we embrace the works of God, and feel blessed that God has adopted us into his family and we are given the opportunity as an amazing gift to do the work for his kingdom. When God calls us to do great works for His kingdom, or opportunity arises, do we ask our selves, “There will be a great reward in heaven for me, or even better, a blessing in this life on earth”. Or do we say, “Thank you Jesus for the gift, giving me the opportunity to do the work for your cause”.
If we have the religious kind of mentality, I believe that this parable illustrates that we wouldn’t even be satisfied in heaven, saying to ourselves, “It’s not fair, that God is giving mercy to someone we believe that does not deserve it”.
Is it fair that God has given me mercy, and called me his own?