“But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? ‘Take [what is] yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man [the same] as to you. ‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ “So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”
This is a story narrated by Jesus Christ in order to say something very important! Please, read Chapter 20 – from the top – so the whole story – or parable – unfolds.
Our Lord speaks about a truly strong element of the human nature: EGO!
Our ego presents itself in a lot of shapes and forms. It creates issues when there are no issues! Our ego boasts. Our ego searches for comparison, becomes competitive, manipulates and always tries to get its way! (I do not talk about the Freudian Ego and Superego!)
At first sight, it seems that the workers complained on good ground but the landowner’s reasoning was as well correct: the worker had agreed on his wages. He had considered the wages as fair but when he noticed how the new workers were paid, he rebelled! Not only about the money but for what he considered unfair. In this case, he became unjust towards the landowner and his co-workers!
I think that the phrase “Take [what is] yours and go your way” speaks tons. It is like a contract which we signed! What the Lord “signs” with others…that’s His business!
The Lord is fair and when it appears that a situation is unjust, it happens for two reasons: or we are under “test” (a test of trust?) or there is a very good reason that we have not yet seen. When we walk with patience, we will see and understand.
What about the phrase “Or is your eye evil because I am good?”? What if the landowner wishes to give all to someone else, what’s that to us? He gave us what we agreed!
The story ends with a famous – quite controversial subject within the Christian community – phrase: “For many are called, but few chosen.” Christians debate whether salvation and eternal life is provided for all or there are some chosen ones. It is useful not to say vital, to read the story as a whole than just a sentence. The “chosen” applies to the ones who will make it, who will end the race. Many are called in fact everybody is called by the Lord to the salvation as we read in 1Timothy 2v3-4
“This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
The ones of true sincere faith and pure heart will end the race. They will be chosen to live in His presence forever and ever. Amen!
So, my friends, we do have a long journey to travel. Let’s just remember to take what is ours and go our way which is His way!
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