THE LANDOWNER AND PAYROLL

The verses you are about to read are the red words.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.” Matthew 20:1-2.

“About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around (the marketplace.) He (landowner) asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ “Because no one has hired us,” they answered. He (landowner) said to them, “You also go and work in my vineyard.” Matthew 20:6-7

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ Matthew 20:8

The workers (represent us) who worked starting in the eleventh hour were also paid a denarius just as the workers who were laboring in the vineyard all day. This is just one of many many many many parables Jesus used a story to relate the kingdom of heaven to managing, work and money. And in this parable I believe He is telling us/workers how much grace and mercy our owner (Jesus) has.

Whether it’s the dude criminal who repented as he was dying (Luke 23:40-43) or one who has served Jesus for many years (the workers who worked all day); not one of us should feel more superior because they have spent more time with Christ. And to new believers as reassurance of God’s grace. Because no one deserves eternal life. Thanks to His grace we have it.

But notice where the landowner was involved in the hiring process but when it came time for payroll another department took care of that. Just like the parable, our owner gives us the money, now we are to be trusted to manage it appropriately in hopes to impact other workers (people.)

How could you be more involved in the hiring process for your company, church, mission? Or how could you modify the hiring process to make sure you are hiring a team of winners?


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