Kingdom Fairness

Kingdom Fairness

Surely God will never do wickedly, nor will the Almighty pervert justice.
Job 34:12

Recommended Reading – Romans 9:14-21

One of the most unfair parables Jesus told—unfair to the natural mind—concerned a landowner who hired men throughout the day to work in his vineyard. They all stopped work at the same time and were paid the same wage. The last men hired were paid the same as the first men hired—and the first men hired grumbled about the unfairness of everyone being paid the same amount even though not everyone worked the same amount (Matthew 20:1-16). The landowner replied, “What’s unfair about me doing with my money what I will?”

Jesus’ parable was directed toward the religious leaders who thought it unfair that latecomers to the kingdom of heaven should receive the full measure of grace and kingdom standing as those who had devoted their life to God. Jesus’ point is that God’s actions are a blend of justice, grace, and mercy, all balanced by His perfect purposes. God is never unfair, but He is always just, gracious, and merciful. Faith comes when we trust Him to blend those elements perfectly in every situation.

God is the landowner and we are the workers. It is His right to do as He will with what is His.

Justice is getting what you deserve. Mercy is not getting what you deserve. Grace is getting what you don’t deserve. Stuart Briscoe

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