What Jesus Did! 'Rejoice with those Rejoicing!' — Matthew 20:14-15

Monday, September 18, 2017

"'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}?'"
— Matthew 20:14-15 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 20:14-15 NLT — "'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}?'"

Key Thought

The truest sense of grace is joy for others who receive it. This sense of joy runs counter to our human self-interest and human standards of fairness. To rejoice with those who rejoice means just that—our genuine joy is when someone else enjoys the blessings of the Lord. It is not comparative and it is not "fair-itive."
Just as the angels rejoice more when one sinner comes to repentance than over the ninety-nine who are already saved, so also there is a heavenly joy when another person finds God's undeserved favor and grace.
How can this be? We realize that we were the workers who were paid far more than we deserved! You see, no matter how good we (mistakenly) judge ourselves to be as disciples when compared with the "Johnny come lately" crew, we are always much closer to them in character and holiness than we are to God! Without grace, our labor is in vain!

Today's Prayer

Holy and tender Father, help me to rejoice with those who come to you, no matter their past or the world's view of their worth. I know that "red, brown, yellow, black, and white, they are precious in your sight." In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Galatians 6:1-4
  • Luke 15:3-7
  • Luke 15:7

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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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