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Parable of The Workers In the Vineyard – Exercise Starting Late and Finishing Blessed

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” As the workers blessed by the Landowner” 

 “….

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.

(Matthew 20:1-16)

 

(Direction)

  • If I was the first worker having received my full day’s wage how do I feel?
  • Do I feel God owns me something?
  • Have I been envious of others?
  • What can I do to be more like the last worker?
  • If I was the last worker having received the full day’s wage, how do I feel?
  • Why do I think God wants to bless me?
  • How do I feel to be blessed and what does it motivate me to do?
  • Will I one day be like the first worker?

Thank Him

(For the good that has happened during the day)

Ask Him

(For what I truly desire in my heart)

Review Your Day

(When was it that I feel near to Jesus and when was I far?)

Turn Back

(From my way towards God’s own way)

Start Again

(With the attitude and position of the first worker, how can I restart my day again)

HT is an orphan advocate, kids pastor and a social entrepreneur. He founded "Little Ignatian" a blog that you can pray not just read.

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