Vs. 26-28, “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” We continue the theme from yesterday as we are reminded the last shall be first. I love this parable about the workers in the vineyard…note that it is not addressing salvation, rather service. Question: What is your attitude towards serving the Lord? Some work hard, but are easily jealous of others. Others may not have the work ethic, but when they work, they do unto the Lord. As we read on…Jesus again reminds his disciples of his impending sacrifice and death and here we see them upset with each other on who will have a high place in heaven.
Regarding application…Work Ethic. Vs. 6, “About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?” While this probably wasn’t an issue where these last few workers were lazy…I do wander where they were all day? Perhaps they chose the wrong spot earlier to look for work, perhaps they were not morning people…who knows. But as I think about our application for today, I can’t help but think about all the Christians just “standing” around in life. This is not about salvation but about service. So many just stand around expecting others to do the job. And in the last minute, they will offer their help once most of it’s completed. Or in some cases, they won’t offer it at all. Brothers & Sisters…we are a team that needs to work together to get our monumental task of sharing the Gospel to this world. We need each of you to faithfully serve your church…whether it’s Corona Thanksgiving Church, Grace Korean UMC, etc… Let us be people who work hard and with the right heart!