The Parable of the Whiny Workers – Matthew 20: 1-16
If you haven’t heard of this story, I would recommend reading it for details, but I’ll give a quick summary right now: Early in then morning, a landowner went out to hire men to work in his vineyard. He said he’d pay them a day’s wages. At the third hour, he saw more people standing around and hired them. He told them he’d pay them the correct amount. This continued throughout the day. At the end of the day, everyone got their wages, and they all ended up getting the same amount – about a day’s wages. The people hired got angry and said it was unfair because some of them had worked much longer than others. However, the landowner said he paid them what he promised and said “…are you envious because I am generous?” (Matthew 20:15b)
This is another story we studied in VBS. When reading through the details, what stood out to me is that these people were STANDING AROUND and they got hired. (Matthew 20:6) It was after that that they were complaining. We have to realize that the landowner didn’t have to hire them in the first place!
God provides us with so many undeserved blessings. SO MANY. And then we complain when someone is better at us, or when we think God isn’t being fair in our lives. Truth is: we don’t deserve the blessings in the first place.
We never will. God is so pure, and we are such sinners! That’s something that will never change. What can change is our attitude. Change it to gratitude! That was actually one of our VBS songs I was singing in the car haha.
God is so gracious. We need to stop being so selfish.