Do you need grace? Don’t worry! There’s plenty available for repenting sinners. Actually, as much as you need. As much as anybody needs. All because of Jesus! How do we know this? The Bible tells us so. Let’s look at the parable of the workers in the vineyard in Matthew 20 (CEB). Jesus explains:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. After he agreed with the workers to pay them a denarion, he sent them into his vineyard. “Then he went out around nine in the morning and saw others standing around the marketplace doing nothing. He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I’ll pay you whatever is right.’ And they went.
“Again around noon and then at three in the afternoon, he did the same thing. Around five in the afternoon he went and found others standing around, and he said to them, ‘Why are you just standing around here doing nothing all day long?’“‘Because nobody has hired us,’ they replied. “He responded, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’
“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and moving on finally to the first.’ When those who were hired at five in the afternoon came, each one received a denarion. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each of them also received a denarion. When they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, These who were hired last worked one hour, and they received the same pay as we did even though we had to work the whole day in the hot sun.’
“But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I did you no wrong. Didn’t I agree to pay you a denarion? Take what belongs to you and go. I want to give to this one who was hired last the same as I give to you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you resentful because I’m generous?’ So those who are last will be first. And those who are first will be last.”
When I was younger I thought it was unfair that they all got the same pay. But isn’t it great that in the kingdom of God we all get as much grace we need? Isn’t it great that in the realm of God we get grace according to our needs? Isn’t it great that in God’s care we are treated individually not as a mass of people?
We truly can rest in God’s grace and know that we will always have as much as grace we need. And not just general grace but according to our very personal needs. “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us”, stated Augustine. I find that very much true. You are an apple of God’s eye. You are cherished and loved. And there will always be as much grace as you need.
Rest in God’s grace.
Bask in God’s grace.
Dance in God’s grace!
We thank you and we praise you
for having for us as much grace as we need.
Your love for us is beyond everything.
Let your grace mold us into your likeness.
Pour our grace upon grace!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How much grace is enough?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in the freedom of Christ!
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