Summary: God’s wages for service in His Kingdom will be fair and just for everyone.
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Ideas for portions of this sermon were obtained from a sermon by Rev. Paul Black. His sermon entitled, "Living with an unfair God" may be viewed at tthis website also.
Pastor James May
God’s Fair Wage!
Matthew 20:1-15 - The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.
20:2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
20:4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
20:5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
20:6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
20:7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
20:8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
20:9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
20:10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
20:11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
20:13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
20:14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
Over the years past I have been employed on a number of jobs and, like most of you, I have seen some pretty unfair practices along the way. There was one job that I had that, if you were called out on a holiday and answered the call, it didn’t matter if you were there for 5 minutes or for 8 hours, you were paid double-time and a half, or about $40 per hour with an 8 hour minimum pay.