In the parable of the vineyard Matthew 20:1-16 workers grumble about the wages they were paid even though some worked longer hours than others.On the surface that decision looks unfair but if you dig a little deeper I would argue you could see the message Jesus was trying to get across to his followers.
I believe that Jesus is imploring us not to be concerned about what others are doing but to be accountable for own words and actions. Too often we get caught with a desire to blame others for our actions that we know can’t be justified. Hence the onus is on us to act fairly and justly not others.
Furthermore why worry about things we can’t control. Although we may be deeply emotional about situations that have not been favourable we must abide by the circumstances that have arisen otherwise we will become frustrated and angry and not be able to act appropriately.
Finally they be some very good reasons why these decisions lead to the events that follow. While we may not understand at the time when the situation occurs again, we may act more responsibly even though we may feel the end result is unfair and unjust.
So don’t get sidetracked remember Jesus’ words “ the last will be first and the first will be last.”
Jesus speaks these words in John 8:32.
I ask myself this question but what do these words actually mean?
I believe this question can be answered in many ways. The most obvious answer is to be honest. Always tell the truth even if it means the outcome might be unfavourable. Sometimes you can be conflicted particularly if you are preventing someone else from harmful conclusion. I believe if your motives are well intentioned then the end result will be positive. However if you are lying to gain advantage or to discredit another more often than not you will be found out and your reputation will be damaged.
Another interpretation of these words is Jesus motivating us all to be seekers of the truth. The mission being to search for what gives meaning and purpose to our lives centered on living the Gospel. Hence, values that build relationships, promote charity, demonstrate love and give hope for a positive future.
The final interpretation is to voice the truth. I believe this displays actions of someone who never compromises himself or herself. A person who has strong convictions and will not lower their expectations to achieve their goals. Such a person was Jesus who despite all the obstacles he had to overcome achieved the ultimate triumph, rising from the dead. Furthermore his teachings and his mission left a legacy that millions of Christians proclaim throughout the world today.