Discuss: In this parable the workers all received the same amount
of pay, even though some of them worked much longer than the others.
Do you think this was fair? Why or why not?
What do you suppose Jesus wanted us to understand about the kingdom
of heaven from this parable?
Jesus wants us to know that some people will believe and follow
Jesus early in life; while others will believe later in life. But the
reward will be the same: to spend eternity with Jesus. It is not
the length of time that we've believed in Jesus or the amount of work
that we've done for him that makes us right with God. The fact is,
none of us
deserve God's favor. In this parable the workers received a wage for
their work. We too have a wage that is coming to us. The Bible says
our wage is death, "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of
God is eternal life" (Romans 6:23). We die because we sin. It is God's
gift of grace, his undeserved favor, that allows us to live with him
eternally. Jesus died on the cross in our place. He took our
punishment for sinning. He did this because he loves us and wants us
to follow and obey him.
Romans 9:14-15 says, "What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all!
For he says to Moses, 'I will have mercy
on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have
No one knows how many years God gives us to live. So, if you feel
Jesus tugging on your heart and calling you to trust in him, then don't
put off following him today. The Bible warns us by saying, "...now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."
2 Corinthians 6:2.
Have you trusted in Jesus to be your Savior and Forever Friend? If
not, you can do so now.
Suggested Prayer: Dear Jesus, I believe that you died for
me. Thank you for taking the punishment I deserve for sinning. Help me
to turn from my sin to follow and obey you all the days of my life.
Here's a promise from God, the Bible says, "Everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:13.