Workers in the Vineyard
Matthew 20:1 AMP
“For the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of an estate who went out in the morning at dawn to hire workmen for his vineyard.
One of the key things that I notice in this parable is that the master had lots of work that needed to be done. He hired workers early morning then at 9 then at midday then at 3 then at the 11th hour. There was lots of work to be done and anyone who was willing to work was hired. I also notice that he did not ask for qualifications he hired whoever was willing to work. At times as believers we disqualify ourselves because we look at what we have and what we can do and we disqualify ourselves not knowing that we are playing right into the enemy’s plan of not being fruitful. God is the one who qualifies us and He is the one who enables us and strengthens us to do the work he gives us. As someone once put it, God is looking for FAT people to work. Faithful Available and Teachable people.
The Bible says
Matthew 9:37-38 AMP
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is [indeed] plentiful, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”
There is a lot of work to be done in the kingdom and not many people to do it. Sometimes we look at work as a curse and as one preacher once said, a lot of people are looking for jobs but not many are willing to work. The master is looking for anyone who is willing and He will put them to work. When you look at the early church, believers were busy doing the work of ministry and they had so much to do. Sadly today’s church has the tendency to leave the work to those in the fivefold ministry because as we put it, they are the ones in “fulltime ministry” and we give financially in church to pay them to do it.
Are you working in the ministry?
What is the nature of your work?
If you are idle, why are you idle?
Does your attitude and understanding need to change?
It is in this work that we are able to serve one another and also we get to discover our gifting’s.
God is still on the lookout for laborers, remember they are few and not all of them are working.