People who worked for only an hour received the same pay as those who worked all day – and it was hard physical labor to boot! And Jesus’ answer? Well, that’s the pay you agreed to…quit whining! (paraphrased by me, of course!) Now, how can that be fair?
It isn’t, but then again, life isn’t! I once heard a speaker say that the best thing that you can do for your children is to teach them that life isn’t fair. He suggested cutting a large piece of cake for one and a smaller piece for the other and when the complaints begin, take that opportunity to teach them that life isn’t always fair. I don’t think that anyone would argue that, but it surely doesn’t feel good when we are on the ‘not fair side’.
Back to the parable….why is it that I always think of myself as the worker who worked all day? Do I really toil on God’s ‘vineyard’ all day? When I think about people like Mother Teresa or the many who devote their lives to ‘vineyard’ work, I am hardly in that category. No, I am more like the worker at the end of the day.
That gives an entirely different perspective to that parable. To think that our generous God will recognize my meager efforts and reward me so magnanomously is beyond any concept of human ‘fairness’. It can only be explained in the light of a crazy lover (in other words, our God).
Life isn’t fair, no question about it, but thankfully, neither is God. He is always ready to give us so much more than we deserve or ‘earn’. The cross certainly says it all, doesn’t it?
Oh… I always feel like I was at work early in the field when I am in the wrong mood. Should I point out now that I am often in that mood. This Gospel is so compelling – we are all the first in the field in some ways and the last in so many other ways. And all the places in-between.
If I could simply let go of my own ego (it is so dang heavy to cart around anyway!) and keep my focus on Jesus, I know I would have an easier time with the centrality that God loves each of us and is so generous to all. Lavish, compassionate, merciful and good- that is God.
Yet me – I’m often stuck in the self-centered but what about me place.
Thank goodness that God is so generous…
I like to think that it all comes out in the wash, that our unfair days are evenly balanced by those days that feel purely like a gift.
i think there is no better feeling than to know that in God’s eyes it is never too late.
I am so very glad that God is not fair 🙂
It think it depends on who you compare yourself with…
Lovely post. I’m rushing this one today but just wanted to let you know .