Matthew 20:1-16 September 21, 2008 The Grumbled
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 20:2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 20:3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 20:4 and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 20:5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 20:6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 20:7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 20:8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 20:9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 20:10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 20:11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 20:12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 20:13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 20:14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?‘ 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Grumbling at God’s Rules
Who will work at the start of the day?
Who will work after lunch?
Who fill in the gap of the last hour?
All receive what they are promised:
All are paid generously
Q: Why not all wait until the last hour?
Why are they unhappy that they all got paid? The all got work?
Are you an all day worker?
A half time worker
A hustle at the last minute worker?
A. The Kingdom of Heaven is a place of work, like a vineyard of grapes.
Adam/Eve, care for garden
B. Kingdom of Heaven is a place where God’s is done through the people of God.
C. Kingdom of Heaven and the work of the church are the same work…
D. The Vineyard is Fannin County+
E. The work is God’s through us
F: Will you work or grumble?
The TASK is to make disciples.
Our wages are knowing
The kingdom NOW
To give witness in word/deed to Christ present in our lives.
Are we too busy or too afraid?
Stop Complaining and Get to Work