MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

The Workers in the Vineyard

Shalom Friends in the Lord.

Today we are going to look at the scripture taken from the Gospel of Matthew 20:1-16. In this scripture Jesus talks about Kingdom of heaven is like to the people. 

Scripture is summarized as follows:

"For the kingdom of heaven is like :

- A landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. After  agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 

-When it was about nine o'clock in the morning, he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work. He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.'  So they went. 

-When he went out again about noon and three o'clock that afternoon, he did the same thing.  And about five o'clock that afternoon he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, 'You go and work in the vineyard too.'

-When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the workers and give the pay starting with the last hired until the first.' When those hired about five o'clock came, each received a full day's pay. 

-When  those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. When they received it, they began to complain against the landowner,  saying, 'These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.'  

-The landowner replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn't you agree with me to work for the standard wage? Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this last man the same as I gave to you. Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' 

Jesus concluded, "so those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last."


Discussion

There are plenty of stories and concepts you can draw from the scripture here but for our discussion we only focus on the effort put into the work and the time it took for the vine workers to work in the vineyard and they all got the same pay

The vineyard represents the Church and the owner represents Jesus Christ. The owner chose the workers to work in his vineyard as Jesus called us to be in his Church.

Now regardless of when and where we were called and how long we were in the church and have faith in Jesus Christ, we all have a fair pay at the end of the day. The pay is up to the owner (Jesus) to decide at the end of the day. 

Jesus promised us to pay us with eternal life and we were called to do his work. As a person, you know when and where you were called to do his work in the Church and you know how long you have been in the church until now and you will continue to do what is right. 

It is Christ's own wish to pay the ones who work to earn the Kingdom of heaven. We do not have the right to decide how much to get and who should get how much. We have a deal with Christ is that, we chosen by Christ to be his people and showed us his church to be in there at all times. He promised us that if we follow him and obey his instructions until the end of the day, then Christ will give us our pay which is the life in its fullness and eternal life in Heaven.

So be happy and continue to stay focus in the Lord and believe in his words. No matter when you were called or how long you serve the Lord, for there is a fair pay for the work that you do in the church. It is better to get the reward of work then to miss out at the end of the day. So when you get your pay(eternal life) at the end of the day, you will go in peace and serve the Lord.

May the Lord bless His Words unto our hearts now and forever. Amen.

Exodus Congregation Kisim Back Service - (Courtesy of John Matthew)





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