Summary: Grace does not add up. It does not make mathematical sense. Maybe that’s why its grace.
God’s sense of mathematics does not make sense:
God leaves the 99 to find the 1.
God counts a penny as much as millions.
God doesn’t pay by the hour.
----1) God’s grace is to be received
not deserved.(Mt. 20:10)
----2) God’s grace is about mercy
not about fairness. (Mt. 20:12)
----3) God’s grace is for the last
as well as the first.(Mt. 20:6,7,16)
This is a simple message about grace that makes the point that grace doesn’t add up. It’s not supposed to. That’s why its grace. God does not view things like we do. If we look at grace from a human standpoint--it does not add up. God’s mathematics are different than ours.
Much credit to this sermon must go to a chapter in Philip Yancey’s book, "What’s So Amazing about Grace."