The story of the workers in the vineyard in Matthew 20 is another example of how Jesus can surprise his audience and reveal our prideful assumptions.
Of course, everyone believes, if you work longer you get more money. But no, this is not how God’s economy works.
We think God should work in a certain way, according to our sense of justice. But no, God acts quite unlike man.
After the landowner gives the eleventh hour workers the same amount as the ones hired in the morning, they complain. How do you expect the landowner (aka God) to answer?
“Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:15
First – God has the right to do whatever he wants with what is his. He will reward a person according to his own will.
But what kind of will does God have? This is where it’s surprising, and in a very good way.
Second – What kind of will does God possess? A generous one. More than generous.
When we come to Jesus in faith we find a grace that we don’t deserve and salvation in full measure.