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 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 20:8-9 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 103:8-13
  • Ephesians 3:20-21
  • 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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.