Daily Devotional

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Preferential Treatment

Do I not have the right to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?     Matthew 20:15

The laborers did not understand their employer’s motives, and they became disgruntled. They got the compensation they had agreed to, but after working all day long, they were displeased that those who worked only an hour received the exact same paycheck. How was that fair? How can the last to be chosen receive as much as the first to get to work? It makes no sense. We know, however, that God has a particular interest in those who the world often discounts. God loves the least and the lost and the lonely—and the last to be picked. Like it or not, God has preferences. God prefers to give to all of us equally, no matter how deserving we think we are. The last in line are treated as generously as the first. According to Jesus, that is just the way God works. We can get angry about it. We can storm off in a huff. We can be envious of God’s extravagant generosity. Or, we can be inspired by God’s interest in the last, and do likewise. As always, it is our choice.

When have you complained about someone getting more than you think he or she deserves?

Lord, I should just be grateful. Every day I should count my blessings and realize you have given me more than I need. When I see your favor poured out abundantly on the lives of others, I shouldn’t grumble—I should celebrate! You are so good to us all. Thank you. Your goodness inspires me to try to live by your example—which is yet another gift to be thankful for! In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.