Archive for August 9th, 2010

Matthew 20

Matthew 20 gives us a lesson in fairness.  And let me tell you what it teaches right up front – LIFE IS NOT FAIR.  You may recall the story – the master of the house went out and hired some day laborers and agrees to pay them a denarius for their efforts.  He returns and hires some more at 3-6-9-11 hours since people were just standing around.  When pay time came – the master paid those who had only worked one hour a denarius.  Then the expectations begin.  Check out what happens: “Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius”.  Is that fair?  Can he do that?  Of course he can – he paid what he agreed.  But the workers didn’t like it – “And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat”.  It just plain wasn’t fair.  They expected more because some had worked twelve hours while the last to be hired only worked for one hour.  How can that be fair?  Life is not guaranteed anyplace to be fair on our terms.  In fact, the more we think it will be or should be, the more disappointed we will be.  Scripture is full of examples.  It rains on the just and the unjust.  So life will never be fair the way we want it to be.  But the real lesson was expressed this way: “I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you……do you begrudge my generosity”?  The master gave the same to all workers out of generosity – not fairness.  He was making a difference in their lives.  Giving will never seem fair.  Someone will always have a reason why the receiver should not get anything.   But it is no one else’s prerogative to make those judgments.  So we need to get over the idea of fairness.  It is nowhere to be found in scripture.

Jesus also heals a couple blind guys along the road.  As he approached they found out and were crying out to him.  “The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent”.  Isn’t that human nature?  Tell people to be quiet as to not interrupt what we want to accomplish on our agenda.  It would seem the right response of the crowd would have been to get these guys to the side of the road where Jesus couldn’t miss them – not try and shut them up so they couldn’t experience His touch.  He hears their cries and their request: “Lord, let our eyes be opened”.  They had a simple request and faith to go with it.  “Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him”.  He ignores the wishes of the crowd which was to just leave these blind guys blind.  They were a bump on society.  But Jesus shows His humanness, and is touched by their request and need and faith, and He heals them.  Their response – they could see immediately and once they did – they didn’t just sit there and gloat – they followed Jesus.  Do you follow Him when He makes an impact in your life?  He is and does every day.  We often miss it because we are self-focused and not watching.  But Jesus is active and alive in us.  He is making things happen around us.  We need to watch, listen and follow!

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