What Jesus Did! 'More than Fair' — Matthew 20:13

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"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?'"
— Matthew 20:13 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 20:13 NLT — "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?'"

Key Thought

Sometimes, I fear, we forget who God is. We forget he is the vineyard owner. He doesn't manage it; he made it. He doesn't supervise it; he created it. God is God. We should serve because he is God. He has no reason to be gracious to us other than he loves us and is gracious. But we have no reason to expect, much less demand, for him to be gracious except that he promised to be gracious. If we were to receive what we deserved, we would be left out and ignored at best and humiliated and condemned by normal expectations. But God does not treat us as we deserve. He extends to us the grace to do something worthwhile with our lives. He provides the atonement for our sins. He voluntarily promises us life with him. So how can we whine or quarrel when he has given us much more than is fair?

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, Creator and Sustainer of all that is and was and ever will be. I praise you for your grace and mercy. I praise you for your holiness and might. I praise you for your plan of redemption in Jesus Christ. I praise you because you are God, and worthy of all praise. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, I long to praise you forever and ever. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Colossians 1:20-23
  • 1 Timothy 1:12-17
  • Revelation 19:6-7

Comments

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.