In Matthew 20 we learn a valuable lesson between the landowner and the workers. Throughout the day the land owner went into town and hired others to join his workers in the field. When the time came to pay the workers for their daily wages the landowner paid the same wages to the ones that worked an hour compared to the ones that worked all day. The interesting part of this message is the order from which the landowner called the workers and that all workers received the same pay.
Within this lesson we can find a test to insure that sin does not creep in and the Lord is teaching us to not focus on anyone else but ourselves. It is very easy to allow jealousy to enter into our spirit and when we allow this it only opens the door for Satan to rob us of the blessings that we have at hand. This parable in Matthew 20 parallels the lesson with the prodigal sons brother who became jealous when his brother returned.
Rather than the workers getting angry and jealous of the new workers that were hired the Lord is teaching us to be thankful for what we have and appreciative for the new help at hand. Can you imagine the next day in the field between the old workers and the new? How do you think they felt that day when the landowner went out again and hired new workers that made the new from yesterday old? Can you see a reciprocating lesson that Jesus is teaching to you and me?
In other words we are to focus on ourselves and not covet another in thanksgiving for what we have. Can you imagine the spirit within the workers working together in unity if they all understood this message?
James A. Harrison