Call the Laborers

When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” Matthew 20:8 – NRSV


Call the Laborers

The benevolent and compassionate vineyard owner, depicted in the text, is a marvelous example of God’s generosity and steadfast commitment to edify and encourage all humanity even today by the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  All humanity is called to go into the vineyards of life and work.

We see the owner of the vineyard going beyond the norm to recruit laborers to work in his vineyard.  He starts out early in the morning going to the marketplace to find his workers, and send them to his vineyard.  Later that morning he returns to the marketplace and recruits another group of laborers and send them to work in his vineyard.

Yet another trip to the marketplace, the owner of the vineyard hires another group before he calls it a day for recruiting workers of his vineyard.

And the text reveals that when evening came, the owner of the vineyard ordered his manager, to call the laborers to receive their pay.  Beginning with the last group of laborers hired, the manager was to pay everyone the same amount for a day’s wages even those who were recruited later that morning after the first group.

What we see is that all of us have been or will be called by the Vineyard Owner to go throughout the world and work to call the laborers—spread the gospel to men and women, boys and girls whether we were called yesterday or today.  We are ever reminded that the wages of sin is death—but the gift of God is eternal life.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Lurecie M. Stokes


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