I just returned from a men’s retreat in east Texas and wanted to share part of a message that was given by Pete Briscoe, senior pastor of Bent Tree church in Dallas, TX. http://www.benttree.org/
Pastor Briscoe was the retreat’s keynote speaker and centered his discussions on God’s grace. He was so humble in his delivery that I wanted to use this post to share his thoughts about the parable of the vineyard workers. You can find that story Jesus told in Matthew 20:1-16. In short, the story is about how the kingdom of heaven is like a certain landowner who went out to hire men to work in his vineyard. At different hours of the day, the landowner hired help and paid each man the same wage of one denarius. Pastor Briscoe stopped at this point and asked all of us to raise our hands if we thought this was unfair. All the hands went up. Of course, in our society performance is the norm. The worker who was hired at six in the morning should have been paid a lot more than the last one hired who worked for about thirty minutes.
“For some reason, we all think this is unfair,” Briscoe said, “because we see ourselves as the first worker to be hired. The truth is, we are all the LAST worker to be hired. That’s God’s grace!” I had never heard that explanation before today and was so thankful I was able to hear it. The landowner confirms this in verse 14: “I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you.” God wants to give us all His grace, no matter what.
I am excited that our heavenly Father has given us grace. The apostle Paul wrote that God’s grace is sufficient and He gives that grace abundantly (Romans 5:17). Grace walks us through each day we’re given and is the key to living this life like Jesus. God’s grace reminds us how much we mean to Him and takes us to the place where the love of Christ rains down and fills our hearts so that we can do all the things He has planned for us!