Gems 2014 — January 31 — Matthew 20

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January 31 Scripture Selection: Matthew 20

Food for Thought: Mat. 20:16

Jesus often used common situations to teach spiritual truths. Let’s focus first on the natural application of this passage. The owner of the business has the right to pay his employees what he chooses. It’s his money! It’s his business! The potential employee has the right to either agree to the terms or look for a better offer. (Of course, doing the morally correct thing, Jesus said in the parable that the owner would pay “whatsoever is right (just),” so He certainly is not condoning sweat-shops and abuse of employees.)

I discuss this concept in class to discuss the rights of business owners and and the human reaction of greed, jealousy and envy. To illustrate this, I ask the students if it is OK for me to decide to bless a particular student with $20 if I so choose. The almost overwhelming majority of the class invariably shouts out NO! When asked why not, some say, “Well, it’s not fair. You would have to give all of us $20.” Really?! It’s my money! Am I not free to do with my money what I desire? We can see how far society has slipped from this understanding, yet this worldly character trait apparently was an issue even in biblical days and can be traced all the way back to the beginning of man.

Now, what about the spiritual application? Readers, what do you think?

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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2 Responses to Gems 2014 — January 31 — Matthew 20

  1. suyts says:

    No doubt. Of course, the spiritual application, I believe, is that we’ll be rewarded, in the kingdom to come, not by the length of service to Christ, or works done, but, by what the Master deems “whatsoever is right”. You can be in service to Christ from youth, or in your last hour, and the rewards can be the same. And, it is the Father who sets the rewards, as seen in verse 23.

    But, back to applying the lesson to the present, yes, we can see how far we’ve slipped. But, take heart!!! Because we haven’t slipped as far as many would suspect. Most know that the president recently delivered his State-of-the-Union (SOTU) address. Recently, the media and many others have been babbling about “income inequality”. They’ve done it so much that it gives the impression that’s what most Americans are unhappy about. But, when crafting the speech, the president had to rewrite it often because those words don’t play well with the American public. Apparently, there’s still many of us who don’t care what our neighbor has, as long as we have enough!

    And, so it will be in the Kingdom of Heaven! There most certainly will be different rewards in Heaven, again, referencing verses 20-23. But, we won’t be envious, because God will reward us with “whatsoever is right”. What a glorious time that will be!!! I’d love to sit next to the Christ! But, regardless of my seat at the table, I will be rested and sated. Our labors on earth will be done, and we’ll be hungry and tired, no more. There’ll be no more suffering, pain, hunger, or death!

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