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The parable of the landowner is a great model for Christians to understand.  The Landowner needed workers to harvest His field.  He hired workers throughout the day, but, at days end, pays them all the same.  The workers that were hired early in the day became upset, because they felt like they did more for their pay than those hired at the end of the day.  The Landowner simply payed them and laughed. “Did I promise you a wage? Did I pay you that wage?” That was the Landowner’s response. He had the right to do what He wanted with what was His to distribute.

If the children of God would simply focus on what God has provided them, they would be both overwhelmed and grateful.  He who knew no sin became sin for us; so that we could enjoy a life with God. Whether saved as a child or three breaths from death, God demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) It is not our place to judge God’s gift of salvation–we simply have to receive it.

Too many in the church begin too feel that they are somehow entitled to more.  Over time, they feel that they have earned a better salvation package than those saved at the end of their lives.  God, like the landowner, laughs and says, “Did you not get forgiveness and eternal life? What business is it of yours what I do for anyone else?”  We need worry only about our lives and how we can serve God.  It is purely none of our business how the Lord deals with any other human being.  We are called to live a life of being grateful and trusting God.  He is the Landowner, and His generosity is simply no business of ours.

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For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“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.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend.Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.