Jesus said, “Here it is again, the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.” Matthew 20:16
Jesus told another of his amazing parables in Matthew 20. An estate manager needed help in his vineyard and hired day labors, promising to pay each of them a dollar. Throughout the day, more laborers were hired and offered the same deal. Some worked only an hour and left with a dollar. When those who worked all day witnessed the “unfair” treatment, they protested and said, “You just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.” (vs. 12)
In today’s workforce, salaries are usually confidential because often when an employee discovers a co-worker is making the same wage (or more!), the morale changes. The lyrics of the western song, “Take this job and shove it,” begins to loop through the mind until reconciliation takes place: I agreed to work for [blank] money, and I’m happy to have this [blank] job!
We are not to question the timing of God’s gift of grace to the sinner. We can end each day with a plea for forgiveness … or as we take our last breath seek forgiveness for entry into God’s kingdom.
Dear God, help me refrain from playing the popular game “comparison,” and remind me some things in life are better not known. Amen.