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“When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.”  (Matthew 20:3-7)   We usually call this week’s parable, “The Laborers in the Vineyard.”  But I saw something new in it this week that maybe thinks we have mistitled it over the years.  Sure, there are plenty of workers, but interestingly enough, none of their work is ever described.  Instead, we see the tireless work of the owner, who keeps “going out” in order to find more workers.  He is so relentless in his labors that he even makes one last attempt when it is nearly quitting time!  Funny isn’t it?  After all this time, it is still tempting to focus on our work as Christians rather than the work of the Lord of the Vineyard.  Maybe that mistaken focus causes us early birds to resent the payment of the 5 o’clock folks.  If we can’t appreciate the unrelenting activity of our Lord, we will always assume that there is not enough grace to go around; not enough love to sustain us all.  Sure, be faithful in your response to the Lord who has brought you into his work, but never forget whose gracious labors matter the most.

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