Normally, I read several chapters from my Bible a day. Yesterday was a little different. I read Matthew 20:1-16. It is the parable of the workers in the vineyard.
It stopped me in my tracks.
Took me a few times through to make sure that I understood what God was trying to tell me.
I’ve been worried about fruit lately. Not the fact that I don’t eat a lot of fruit. If you remember I’ve got SED or Selective Eating Disorder, which means that I probably don’t eat the things that you do. In fact, one of my co-workers has coined the phrase “Andy-Style” at restaurants. Apparently, “Andy-Style” = Plain. By the way, I hope you realize that I am joking about the fact that there is a terminology for being a picky eater.
But I digress, I’ve been thinking a lot about fruit. I guess it comes down to my human, fleshly desire to see things that I “do”, result in a harvest. I know that the harvest can only come by the Hand of God, but it makes me wonder if I’m doing my job in prepping the soil correctly.
Then again, that question actually leads me to question, should I worry about how the soil is being prepped?
Matthew 20 speaks about the Divine Sovereignty of God. But, no matter how Sovereign God is, my fleshly nature is always going to want a fair wage for a fair day’s work. It is this exact mindset that Jesus challenges. God’s ways are not our ways. His Grace is enough for me. (At least it should be) It is not for me to analyze the fruit and determine whether I’m seeing a fair return on investment.
I’m trying to figure it out. I’d love to hear your thoughts on all of this.
SPEAK UP LURKERS!
(Oh yeah, be sure to look for Part 2. This discussion ain’t over)