[CF Devotionals] 2012-01-09 - What Would a Businessman Say?

Matthew 20:1-16

So the last will be first, and the first will be last. (Matthew 20:16)

Early in the morning, I hired laborers for my vineyard and agreed on a day's wage. They went out to work. Three hours later, I hired more workers and told them whatever amount seemed fair, they would receive. The workers agreed and went into the field. I did this three more times throughout the day. At evening, I paid all the workers their due wages, starting with the last men I hired to the first. I paid each person the same: a day's wage.

Those that were hired first were outraged concerning my payment policy. They didn't think it was fair that they worked all day in the scorching sun, and those that only worked for a few hours got the same amount of money. I was not skimping them. I paid them what we agreed upon. I wanted them to take their money and disgruntled attitude and leave. It was my money, to do with what I saw fit. When was it a crime to be generous? In this case, when you aren't the receiver of the generosity, it seems to me.


Lord, I deserve some validation, and I don't seem to be getting anywhere. Help me to keep my mind in check and see things more positively. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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