Re: Verse reading–Matthew 20:1-16 (day seven)
“You go and work in my vineyard and I will pay you what is right.”–v 4.
“For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”— 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Is work worth it? From a cost-benefit analysis? Why should a person strive for excellence if, at the end of the season, everyone gets the same trophy? What motive can be found for physical, spiritual, or professional effort? Isn’t the wiser course to just “do enough to get by”?
Followers of Christ know the answer. We work because our deeds will be judged. Evaluated. Rewarded or rejected, received or refused.
Matthew 20 is a conversation on this important subject. God will “judge the thoughts and the intentions of the heart.” As evidence, He will point to our response when He offered us a job.