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Seniority Rules…?

March 12, 2011

Some of the guys on our baseball team just got done taking some batting practice and it went great! Other than the fact that my chest is SO sore from the 500 push ups we did yesterday at practice (and no, that number doesn’t get bigger every time I say it).  Us varsity guys came in toward the end of the JV/freshman practice to take some swings.  We just finished up and we were about to leave when coach asked where we were going.  We said that we were done and that we were heading out.  He asked why we didn’t put up the net and clean everything up.  We were puzzled because we had the seniority, right?  We have been playing for 3 or 4 years and it was the JV/freshman’s first or second year so it was their job to clean up right?  Isn’t that how seniority works? 

With God, there is no seniority!  In the parable of the vineyard worker (Matthew 20:1-16), the owner of the land promises the people who came to work early in the morning the same wages as the people who came later and worked less.  The same works for people who go to heaven.  Whether you were a christian your whole life or you became a christian a week before you die, God “pays” us the same love and a one way ticket to heaven.  So sorry seniors and juniors of the baseball team- it looks like we will be cleaning the gym anyway.

Matthew 20

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

 1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

   3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.

   “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

   7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

   “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

   8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

   9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

   13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

   16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

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