The Kingdom of God is described in many scriptures and parables throughout the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
In Matthew chapter 20, the kingdom of God is described as a master of a house who went out to hire laborers for his vineyard,
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.” – Matthew 20:1, ESV
Now let’s dissect this entire passage:
The “master” is representative of God, and his “house” is representative of heaven. The “vineyard” represents the earth, and the “laborers” represent you and I – those who are willing to work here on Earth for the advancement of God’s kingdom.
As we go further into the text, we see that God himself hires the laborers, and they agree on a set amount of wages for the laborers day of work,
“After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” – Matthew 20:2, ESV
Now going a little bit further into the text, we see that God then goes out into the world and finds others standing around idle with nothing to do. He then besieges them and hires them to tend to his work also. This approach of God is representative of the way God encounters us – where we are in life – and how he encroaches his presence amongst us to do his will.
When God encounters the last set of laborers, he asks them an interesting question,
” And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.'” – Matthew 20:6-7, ESV
How many of us have been in a similar situation like this, where God came to us and asked us why we were standing around idle?
Has God entered into your life and made his presence known to you? If so, how have you responded to him?
Is our response to God like the laborers in the text, who responded by saying, “no one has hired us”?
Me must understand that when God encounters us in a way that we do not expect, and asks us a question, we must be ready and willing to respond to him. God is not looking for people who are not willing to commit themselves to him, he is looking for those that will honor the call.
Like God did with the laborers in this story, he does with you and I. When the laborers responded to God, God hired them to work in his vineyard along with those he had hired before them.
Don’t you see that God wants to hire you?
At the end of the chapter, we see that God rewards the laborers by paying them the discussed wages. The only problem with this scenario is that when God goes to pay the first set of hired workers their payment, the laborers become angry with him, feeling as though they deserved more.
“Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius.” – Matthew 20:10, ESV
God responds to the angry laborers by first addressing the fact that he is God, and that he desires to give to those what he wishes to give to them, not according to what they “deserve”, but according to what he chooses to give to them. For we must understand that what belongs to God is handed over and given to us, not because we deserve it, but because God has graciously decided to give it to us. God will not demand more from you than he has given you, and he wants you to know that you are loved, and that everything he gives to you is for you.
“‘Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?'” – Matthew 20:14-15, ESV
God is looking for those who are willing to put their pride aside, and their egos to the wayside, in order to venture onto the road of obedience. God has given to us all a measure of faith, one that if we hold onto, can grow and be used to partner with God to advance his kingdom.
Are you committed to God and his kingdom?
Recite with me this prayer of faith:
“God, I commit my ways to you. I trust you and I will obey you. I only want what you want for your kingdom, and I am all yours. Use me in the way in which you see fit, that I may honor you with all that I have, with all that I do, and with all that I am. I praise you and I lift your name on high, forever.
In Jesus name, Amen.”
God bless you.