Tales of the Kingdom: Relatives and Absolutes

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it”
— Henry David Thoreau

To explain why all who are able to achieve the kingdom of heaven will be rewarded equally, regardless of how much they give up or suffer to do so, Jesus told the disciples the following story:

story-timea householder went out early in the morning to hire labourers to work in his vineyard. When he had agreed with the labourers to pay them a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.

He went out at about nine o’clock, and saw some others standing idle in the marketplace, and said unto them if they would also go to his vineyard, he would pay them what they deserved, and they went on their way to join the others.

The householder did the same at noon, and again at three o’clock. At about five o’clock, he went out again, and found others standing idle, and asked them why they stood there all the day idle. They told him that it was because no man had hired them. He told them to follow all the others to his vineyard, and that he would pay them justly.

When evening come, the lord of the vineyard told his steward to call the labourers, and give them their wages, starting with those he had hired last and ending with those he’d hired first.

When those who were hired at five o’clock were paid,.each received a penny. When the turn of those he had hired first finally came, they supposed that they should receive more, but each was likewise paid a penny. When they had received them, they murmured against the man of the house.

Those you hired last have worked only one hour,” they complained, “yet you have made them equal to us, when we have borne your burdens through the heat of the day.”

Friends,” he replied, “I did you no wrong. Did you not agree with me to work for a penny? Take that which is yours, and be on your way. Is it not lawful for me to do what I want with mine own money? Do you really see me as evil because I was good to the other workers?”

The moral of the story is that if you got what you expected to for the effort that you put in, you should be happy with the result, regardless of whether someone else achieved the same result with less effort.

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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