I’m reminded of the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Those who only worked an hour earned the same as those who worked all day. When those who labored all day complained, their boss said:
“Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?”
– Matthew 20:15
Some theologians say this is about Jews and Gentiles, yet it seems to me that we who have had a revelation of God’s amazing ‘Grace’ are like these undeserving workers.
‘Grace has been given as Christ appointed it.’
– Ephesians 4:7
Also, like the undeserving workers, we too work less than those people who are ‘working’ to achieve their own righteousness, striving to obey God, striving to overcome sin themselves (when Christ already has), striving to be ‘better’ Christians. Paul tells us we cannot work for our righteousness. Righteousness is a gift. (Romans 5:17)
We believers all receive the same gift: salvation by grace, through faith.
Only we who have had a ‘grace’ revelation work less, perhaps, than those who believe we have a part to play ourselves, as we know our righteousness doesn’t depend on what we do, but on what Christ has done for us.
We work less yet we are more blessed as we receive the same wages – eternal life – for working less.
When some are working to earn their place in Heaven, we are at rest.
He has lavished us with His ‘grace’.
What can we say except ‘Thank you, Jesus’.
Brothers and sisters, let’s stop striving, bathe in His grace, and enter His beautiful rest.