July 3 2016 // A Generous Outrage // Matthew 20:1-16
God is unimpressed with the labor done in his fields. He keeps no time clock. He measures no yields. Thus, his workers cannot differentiate themselves from one another. And at the end of the day, they're all paid well. Overachievers and slackers, the ambitious and the lazy, are all lumped together side by side and given equal share. Jesus compared the Kingdom of God to a vineyard operated in this manner, wherein the master is bent on displaying outrageous generosity to any old bum who may stumble into work. In fact, the only qualification for receiving full pay from this nutty master seems to be showing up by quitting time. That's great news for anyone who stinks at life. Now, if only the winners could get over themselves, everyone might enjoy happy hour together.