Fairness has been a constant question throughout the human history even toward God. What is FAIR? Through the teachings of Jesus, we are going to discern attitude we should have.
1. Workers in the Vineyard the agreement between the owner and workers
- A Q of fairness from the workers* What is the context of the story?
- a rich young ruler’s Q:What shall I do to have eternal life? He went away saddened.
- But Peter’s Q: (Matthew 19:27) Look, we’ve left everything and followed you. What will we have?
2. What should be a right attitude as we follow Jesus?
- We tend to think that our presence this morning at church should be treated differently than those people who didn’t come to church this morning.
- Attitude of those who came earlier than other: Why are they grumbling though they received what they agreed?
- Because of no gratitude. Actually they did have when they were called, but soon it has been changed and disappeared. –
- The consequence of loosing the gratitude
- The first will be the last.
- Why are we doing what we are doing? What we need to restore is
(1) a right attitude of gratitude toward God
(2) a right attitude toward others
(3) awareness that we are serving the same generous owner.
(4) Partnership, not a competitive spirit
3. Paul’s example (Romans 1:14 NLT)”I have a great sense of obligation to people both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated.”-
- Paul knows what he did and what Jesus did forgive him.
- Q: Am I acting like Peter or Paul?- When we don’t have a right attitude with God or others, then our hearts are always in struggle and resentment. And our questions of FAIRNESS doesn’t end like a grumbling child.
- Good NEWS: God is not Fair! Because the one who give us more than what we deserve is not fair. Yes, He is still loving us not because what we did, but because God is love & gracious. All we need to do is just TRUST HIM in this journey together that HIS LOVE BRINGS ALL THINGS POSSIBLE. THANKS BE TO GOD!