Nov 10, 2019 |Parables

Vineyard Workers

11.10.19 | Parables

Vineyard Workers

Noel Heikkinen

Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus doesn’t save us to make us into good people or because we are good; He simply chooses us. Have you responded to His invitation? Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen walks us through the parable of the vineyard workers and brings to light the backward, upside down, inside out economics of the kingdom of Heaven. We don’t deserve what God gives us, we simply respond to a generous God.

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“Why do you ask me about what is good?” he said to him. “There is only one who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Matthew 19:17

“If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When the young man heard that, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.
Matthew 19:21-22

There is only one who is good.

But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Matthew 19:30

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, in the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields because of my name will receive a hundred times more and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
Matthew 19:28-30

We need to dispense with the nonsense that “doing good” is a means to or the end goal of the Christian life.

We should marvel at the generosity of God directed toward us.

We should look at others through Gospel lenses.

Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what is mine? Are you jealous because I’m generous?’
Matthew 20:14-15