What Jesus Did! 'More than Expected' — Matthew 20:8-9

Friday, September 15, 2017

"At the end of the day, the owner of the field said to the boss of all the workers, 'Call the workers and pay all of them. Start by paying the last people I hired. Then pay all of them, ending with the workers I hired first.' The workers that were hired at five o'clock came to get their pay. Each worker got one silver coin."
— Matthew 20:8-9
Illustration of Matthew 20:8-9 — "At the end of the day, the owner of the field said to the boss of all the workers, 'Call the workers and pay all of them."

Key Thought

Wow! Imagine getting a full day's wage for working just the last part of the day! They didn't have to work through the heat. They didn't have to work the long hours. They went from having nothing to being paid for a full day's work in just a few hours. This is the way we must view our situation before God. God is going to reward us with what we don't deserve when we have come to realize we are worthy of nothing. That's grace!

Today's Prayer

Father, I thank you that you included me in your family. I know I couldn't earn it or deserve it, but you "graced" me with it. Thank you! I hope my life is lived in a way which does point to your glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"The kingdom of heaven is like a man that owned some land. The man grew grapes on his land. One morning, the man went out very early to hire some other people to work in his field. The man agreed to pay the workers one silver coin for working that day. Then the man sent the people into the field to work. "At about nine o'clock the man went to the market place and saw some other people standing there. These people were doing nothing. So the man said to them, 'If you go and work in my field, I will pay you what your work is worth.' So the people went to work in the field. "The man went out again about twelve o'clock and again at three o'clock. Both times the man hired some other people to work in his field. At about five o'clock the man went to the market place again. He saw some other people standing there. The man asked them, 'Why did you stand here all day doing nothing?' "The people said, 'No person gave us a job.' "The man said to them, 'Then you can go and work in my field.' "At the end of the day, the owner of the field said to the boss of all the workers, 'Call the workers and pay all of them. Start by paying the last people I hired. Then pay all of them, ending with the workers I hired first.' "The workers that were hired at five o'clock came to get their pay. Each worker got one silver coin. Then those workers that were hired first came to get their pay. Those workers thought they would be paid more than the other workers. But each one of those workers also received one silver coin. When they got their silver coin, these workers complained to the man that owned the land. The workers said, 'Those people were hired last and worked only one hour. But you paid them the same as us. And we worked hard all day in the hot sun.' "But the man that owned the field said to one of those workers, 'Friend, I am being fair with you. You agreed to work for one silver coin. Right? So take your pay and go. I want to give the man that was hired last the same pay that I gave you.I can do what I want with my own money. Are you jealous because I am good {to those people}?' "So the people that have the last place now will have the first place in the future. And the people that have the first place now will have the last place in the future."

Matthew 20:1-16

Related Scripture Readings

The Lord is compassionate and merciful. God is patient and full of love. The Lord does not always criticize. The Lord does not stay angry at us forever. We sinned against God but he didn't give us the punishment we deserved. God's love for his followers is as high above us as heaven is above the earth. And God has taken our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is as kind to his followers as a father is to his children.

Psalm 103:8-13

With God's power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or think of. To him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever. Amen.

Ephesians 3:20-21

At one time you were not God's people. But now you are God's people. In the past you had never received mercy. But now you have received mercy {from God}.

1 Peter 2:10

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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