Sept. 20- Ch. 20

The parable of a vineyard worker is about how God rewards those who serve him…whether for a long time or a short time. I think it also teaches us about how we need to focus on, and be thankful for, what God does for us, rather than being envious of what God does for other people.

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3 Responses to Sept. 20- Ch. 20

  1. Sharon Owen says:

    My personal spiritual crisis has been that I didn’t REALLY start to have a relationship with God until late in life. I was 60 years old when I discovered that all that belief without action or love had been a waste of time. While I occasionally envy someone else’s gifts, I’ve spent a lot of time feeling guilty and wishing I’d had the fullness of a life of loving God long before. I’m now coming to realize that those who come late are welcome and to pray to be used for who I am now and not for who I should have been.

  2. Larry Martin says:

    When the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus she asked may you grant that these two sons of mine sit on your right and the other on your left in Your kingdom, ie places of honor and power. The first question Jesus asked them is “are you able to to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” Jesus answered you will indeed drink My cup and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with. I do not determine who sits on my right or left. That is determined by my Father. The heavenly kingdom is something I do not understand. We as Christians talk a lot about it and the fact we cannot earn our way into it. What makes us think then that we can earn our status or position in it? The baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The cup I think could be the taking on of sins and dying on the cross. The question should not be how do I earn a position of honor in heaven but how do I walk in relationship with you here. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and the drinking of the cup were about things in our life here, not our life in heaven.

    • Randy says:

      When Jesus was talking about the cup here, I think he was talking about death as a result of persecution, in general. That is why he mentions that James and John will drink of the same cup.

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