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. – Matthew 20:1-2
Today, we walk through the Parable of the Vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16. It’s very common in Western culture to approach our faith by putting ourselves at the center. Even when we read the Bible, we tend to ask: “What does this say to me?”
However, this is antithetical to the world of the Bible. Jesus would never have called anyone to repentance based upon what God can do for them. Rather, He called them to repentance based upon this simple realization: God is King, you are not, and neither am I. It is our job to serve Him who is King.
Question: How can you obey God’s commandments today?
Prayer Starter: Jesus, please forgive me for putting myself at the center of my relationship with You. I submit my will to Yours today, choosing to obey You first, thinking of Your will over my own. Jesus, have Your way in my life today.
Family Chat: *Today’s Question, Prayer Starter, and Take Action are great conversation and prayer starters for today’s Family Chat!*
Take Action: Stay in His Word, listen for His voice, and obey Him when you hear it—the first time and every time—with a happy heart!
Challenge: Meet with your life group and talk through both the questions you’ve answered this week and the challenges you have faced (or are still facing!) as you follow Jesus. Be honest about what’s worked for you, as well as areas where you may have missed the mark.