Who Benefits the Most?

“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 20:6,7

Recently, I shared principles from “The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard,” found in Matthew 20. In this parable, a generous business owner agreed to pay the same $200 in today’s wages whether the workers started working at 6:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m., the last hour of the day. So, here’s a good question we can ask about this story. Who benefits the most, the morning worker or the evening worker? 

While they both have advantages, the evening person only had to work and sweat for one hour, so it may appear that they benefit the most. Here’s what the morning worker received and didn’t even realize it. Besides the $200, he received affirmation because he was in demand and the first to be chosen. Women and men alike take note of that. In addition, he doesn’t have to worry about his children’s school, his wife’s needs, or his rent all day. Lastly, he gained more on-the-job experience, which was extremely valuable.

Friend, the most important takeaway from this parable is that the early worker spent more time with the master. His boss, the workgiver, gave him more time. A more in-depth conversation was had with the winemaker. It was a privilege for him to spend more time with the visionary, the builder, the gatherer, and the master. One of the most important things for us in this life is to spend as much time as possible with our master, Jesus, our Lord, and Savior. That’s time that is worth everything in the world!


Let me ask you, Jesus, for the grace to spend more time with you.


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