Wednesday: August 19, 2020
Reference text: Matthew 20:1-16
Matthew 20:2-4 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
For anyone who has ever installed an application or software on their mobile device or laptop, it is highly likely that you have come across the terms and conditions section before the installation. In case you are wondering what that is, it is that page you readily click ‘I agree’, often without reading a word of what this agreement entails. Don’t be sad if you fall into this bracket because you are not alone since not many people deem the reading of long pages of legal text actually pleasing. In the legal world however, those fine prints, which we almost always ignore, could turn out crucial.
In the parable we read today about the labourers hired at different times in the day, I have always thought that the same agreement existed between the land owner and each set of hired labourers. However, in looking at the fine print, I realised there were two different agreements in place, not one. For the first set of hired labourers, the agreement in place was ‘work for me and I will pay you a day’s wage’. But for all the other remaining sets hired at the third, sixth, ninth, and eleventh hour, this was the agreement ‘come work for me and I will pay you what is just’.
Although one team was displeased, the land owner honoured each agreement perfectly. So here lies the revelation: it is true that we are all created in the image and likeness of God and all received the invitation to work in the vineyard. But in our individual walk with God, each man can have a personal covenant that no other person has. An agreement that God is obliged to honour, to respond in a specific way to particular situations in their lives.
My dear, get this straight: your walk is not another’s, and neither is the reverse, so don’t expect the same terms to be in play. Personalise your terms with God and watch him honour every single word with you. And oh, ensure those terms are lucid for God will surely and indeed honour them to the letter.