“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 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?’
“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
Matthew 20: 1 – 7
The punchline of this parable comes in tomorrow’s TFTD but there is still a message in the first bit… Do you recall Jesus once said ‘the harvest is great but the workers are few’? We sometimes think of ministry as the calling of the minister or the elders when it is the calling of ever one of Jesus followers. We are meant to be both disciples and disciple makers. Quite a daunting thought. Whether you have been toiling all day or just for a the last couple of hours we work to build God’s kingdom. List the last 10 people you had contact with; how did you share with them the Kingdom of God? There is always more work to do and not enough people doing it.
Prayer: Jesus I find it hard to talk about my faith. It is a very personal and private thing for me. Nor do I want to look like a wierdo or religious nutjob. Give me courage and words to work for you in my day to day life.
Action: List the last 10 people you had contact with and think about how you might tell them what Jesus and faith means to you?