This beautiful scripture is again about a farmer, in fact a vineyard landowner who employs people to work for him. Those who begin the day with work and those who join in later in the day. The reward in wages is the same no matter how long they worked for and no matter what job they are given.
Jesus is soon to head to Jerusalem. He is challenging the disciples (and us) about comparison, jealousy, favour, attitudes that could tear them apart rather than work together for the Kingdom.
We can look around the world and even in our locality and find people who “seem to have it easy”. Maybe they have no financial issues, maybe no health issues, maybe no challenges – that we can see!! Then we see others who seem to suffer continually. However, God always looks at the heart. He looks at how we respond.
In Romans 12 v 15: We are called to rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn, and weep with those who weep. Comparison is an ugly disease, an enemy of the Gospel of Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, help me to look at the heart of people. Help me to better walk the journey with others. Help me not to be awed or jealous by peoples’ circumstances and blessings but help me to respond with grace. Keep my radar as to how to better love like Jesus did. Amen.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta