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April 27, 2021 6:52 am
One of the major way race can be destroyed in our lives is comparing ourselves to the blessings they have the money they have.
This comparing problem can destroy part of building God's grace find yourself in the comparison chart with moments of hope with Dana Chadwick for the next few weeks working to take a break from our series on the Gospel of John. Today we begin a short series on all of our relationship with money here's stated with the first part of his message the danger of comparing to begin a series on the perils of being a treasure. The reason is because Jesus spoke about the problem of money that he did anything else. He called it the chief rival God, to God, over one half of his parables had to do with the dangers of money. He said that where your heart is yours where your treasure is. He also said you can't love God and money implying that loving God means your wound by a powerful spiritual force, but loving money makes you wound by a powerful spiritual force. Paul said in first Timothy chapter 6 verse 10 that the love of money is the root of all evil, not not money itself. Monies inanimate, but the love of money is the root of all evil. So if you want to change the world. You got to change people's hearts.
In fact, I given you this phrase a lot the heart of the matter is a matter of the heart. There is no law that Congress will ever pass that can ever change the human heart never can happen. The only way a human heart can be changed is by understanding the gospel of grace and one of the major ways. Grace can be destroyed in our lives is comparing ourselves to other people in the blessings they have the money they have the materialism they have much more than even lip-synching this comparing problem can destroy a heart filled with God's grace. So today's message is in wrapped around this particular phrase beware of the snare to compare same with me. Beware of the snare to compare when you start comparing yourself to other people folks your heart of grace can be squelched so were going to look today at the parable where Jesus deals with this problem of comparing our possessions with other people's possessions is found in Matthew the 20th chapter, verses one through 16 and I'll give you the context of this parable.
After I read it to you the word of the Lord Jesus said, for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of the house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a did Marious a day at the nares equals about $100. It was the regular payment for days worth of work them. So, after agreeing with the laborers for a did Marious a day, he sent them into his vineyard. Please note that his vineyard and going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace. So the first were sent out about 6 AM now about 9 AM.
He sends others out and says to them you go into the vineyard to and whatever is right, I'll give to you. So they went going out again about the sixth hour in the ninth hour, about 12 noon and 3 PM. He did the same and about the 11th hour he went out and found others standing and he said to them's about 5 PM in the afternoon.
Why do you stand here idle all day. They said to him because no one has hired us.
He said to them, you go into the vineyard to and when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman called the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last up to the first and when those hired about the 11th hour. 5 PM came each of them received, how much did Marious hundred dollars.
Now when those hired first came they thought they would receive more but each of them also received a scenario so hundred dollars and all receiving it. They wrong bowl wrong bowl that the master of the house saying these last worked only for an hour and you have made them equal to us is born of the burden of the day in the scorching heat, but he replied to one of them friend I am doing you know wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose, with what belongs to me, or do you begrudge or other translations have in the do you envy my generosity. So the last will be first and the first last. There are three possible translations of this parable, and in all of them work.
The first one that's been offered to the ages is that the parable represents an historical overview of Israel. A God called Abraham to form the nation of Israel.
He's the 6 AM labor and all those who came after him informing the nation are those who came at 9 AM, 12 noon 3 PM and then at 5 PM. God sees the faithlessness of Israel, how they broke his covenant so he makes a new covenant with a group of people called Christian and there the 5 PM laborers.
The Jewish people of Jesus day the Pharisees more specifically hated the idea of these newcomers late to the party receiving the grace that they had been promised from God. So some people interpret the parable.
That way, as an historical handoff if you will, from the Jews to the Gentiles the 5 PM laborers receiving the grace of God. The second translation is more individual and personal, it's a valid interpretation. It's basically saying the did Marious with each person represents eternal salvation. It represents salvation by grace through faith. Everybody receiving the same gift of eternal life by grace through faith. So God who owns the vineyard calls little children 6 AM worship are worshipers of him to his vineyard and sometimes he calls 9 AM followers there. The teenagers probably who come and choose to follow Jesus and the 12 noon. As might be the middle-aged people who come to faith in Jesus and the 3 PM workers might be a little later on in life.
Workers who come to Jesus and in the 5 PM are those who receive Jesus on their deathbed much like Ted Bundy who came to faith in Jesus, after a horrific rebellious life against God receive Jesus right at the end of his life. People sometimes object and safe he gets to go to heaven when all these others have worked so faithfully for him all these years. And the answer is what folks yes because grace is grace and that the nares is given the same to everyone.
So, some have interpreted this to be a personal illustration of how grace salvation is given to all people, simply because God gives it and not based on any meritorious work of anyone that's valid, but the third one is the one I really like why because I believe to interpret a text, you need to look at its context, to take a text out of context is pretext so look at the context of Matthew 20 verses one through 16. It begins, I think, in Matthew 19 verse 16, and behold, a man came to Jesus saying now for those of you who know your Bible. This man is often called the rich young ruler, and he comes to Jesus saying, teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life.
Since salvation based on works.
What work must I do to have eternal life. And Jesus said to him, why do you ask me about what is good. There is only one who is good and Jesus is trying to point out her folks.
The fact that every single one of us in our hearts have hearts that are bent toward selfishness. There's only one who's perfectly good only one who has no desire to be selfishness God we have inherited this disease called sin that's a part of our lives. There's only one who is good and even our most benevolent work even if we give millions of dollars to particular foundation. We want our names to be written on that building that there's something within all of us that wants glory in Jesus is saying here only God is good, but then he begins to answer the rich young ruler's question. If you would enter eternal life, keep the commandments. In other words, the way to have eternal life is to obey every single one of the 10 Commandments, every single second of every single day for your entire life.
He said to him, which ones which ones of the commandments, Jesus said to him, you shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
So Jesus lists commandments five, six, seven, eight and nine and then he sums it up with a passage from Leviticus 1918, don't you miss Leviticus that said, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. See the last five Commandments of the Decalogue, the 10 Commandments show how to love our neighbors. So basically, Jesus was saying if you've done those commandments. Every single minute of every single day for all of your life you will have eternal life. But Jesus knew what was really going on of the guys heart he knew what he really loved, so Jesus said to him, if you would be perfect if you really want behold and righteous before God have entrance into eternal life. Go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven treasure in heaven and come, follow me. You notice the Jesus when he listed those last of the 10 Commandments he didn't list the 10th one. The 10th one is for those of you know, thou shalt not covet. He knew that this guy love the money and that was his big problem.
So Jesus confronted him. Is it all and one more commandment go sell everything you own, lay up treasures in heaven and come and follow me after you've given it to the poor and then the text tells us the young man went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. He went away sad because he didn't want to give up what he loved the most. His heart love money. Most and Jesus says to his disciples a single minute of her truly, truly, I say to you, it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go into the kingdom of heaven. Some people have interpreted that to be all there was a gate in Jerusalem called the camels I was like a camel heading onto his knees to get into that gate in Jerusalem. Dear friends, nothing could be farther from the truth. That's not the right interpretation.
Jesus is using hyperbole for purpose.
He's talking about a camel. One of the largest animals outside of the house going into a house and then going through and I have a needle. The smallest thing that's in the house. That being how hard it is for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Now I didn't say it was impossible for rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.
He just sits difficult. It's difficult why because rich people often love money more than they love, their captured by that spirit that woos their hearts to worship money appeared in responder says can be saved and Jesus responds well with man. It's impossible. You can't work your way into heaven.
It's impossible but with God all things are possible through grace. God can do it through grace will Peter who was always impetuous, usually putting his foot in his mouth before he spoke immediately responds well, what about us all of us have left our forms, our families are friends to follow you. What's going to be in it for us. See Peter operated the way the world operates with a quid pro quo mentality. A tit-for-tat mentality. If I do this I get paid for it.
If I do that I get paid for it. Peter we did all of this.
Lord what's going to be our Lord Jesus lists for him towards the get in heaven we will get eternal rewards in heaven for our faithfulness here. But then Jesus looks at Peter's is the kingdom of heaven is in a quid pro quo arrangement Peter to enter the kingdom of heaven like this rich young ruler wanted to kiss by grace totally by grace, not merit, and then he ends that section of teaching with these words in Matthew 1930, but many who are first will be last and the last first. Now some of you who paid attention to my reading of the parable in Matthew 20 have come to the conclusion all my that's how the parable ended and you're exactly right. In Matthew 20 verse 16 Jesus is the parable so the last will be first in the first last. In fact, he says that phrase over five times in the New Testament, it must be important to him in heaven.
There's going to be a great reversal of all the things we think are important here.
There's going to be an inversion of God's economy with our economy and when we get to heaven.
Those who have lived by grace are going to be first in line and those who live by quid pro quo quote meritorious thinking I should get what I earn are going to be last. So this parable sandwiched between the first will be last in the last to be first must have to do with that message.
So I think it has to do with the snare to compare.
Think about it. A land owner hires people at 6 AM and he pays them agrees to pay them $100 at the end of the day after their days labor. They agree to that. He then calls people at 9 AM to enter the vineyard. Why we don't know. Good guess. Storm clouds were brewing on the horizon and he had to get the harvest end before the rains came.
Then he goes back it's 12 and calls more and like the ones at 9 AM. There is no agreement to a payment they just going work, thinking the owner will be fair. Same thing happens with 3 PM workers.
Maybe the storm clouds were brewing more and more and at 5 PM he goes to the marketplace finds a few idlers. He sends them out into the field to maybe the lightning was flashing at this point and he had to get the crops and immediately but at 6 PM. The day ended so he told his foreman to pay everybody rightly, but what he decided to do was to first pay those who entered at 5 PM. Then those who entered at 3 PM.
Then those who entered at 12 noon. Then the 9 AM workers and in the last 6 AM workers. The 5 PM workers receive how much folks went in areas hundred bucks. Bailey probably happy, don't you think in the 3 PM workers get how much I did areas hundred blocks are happy 12 PM 9 AM get one in areas hundred bucks there here. If not, can't you imagine the 6 AM workers are the is there watching this unfold was going on in their mind it must be could see sightseeing could sing me if there did not hundred and we agreed to hundred, how much more only going to receive. We borrowed it comparing themselves.
All the other workers and how much they get winded areas hundred bucks. What's their response. They are ticked off.
They are angry as can be. The evidence of their anger as they start mumbling around the bowling.
I love the biblical word murmuring. Jesus said in in Mark seven that your words, she what's in your heart so so there angry in comparing what they God that other people got in their responses very childlike, like our children do when they don't get what they want to cry out, that's not fair.
That's not fair lady first will tell you different fairness ended in the garden to be when this world became broken and falling fairness and but also God looks at fairness lenses and grace.
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Nine. James Easton and Whitney as our pastor David Saleh David, thanks for joining us today, God's great being with you again Jen will David in this morning. The devotion you decide when you're tardy you're a thief what you mean by that. Okay this one comes from my college basketball coach, Coach Smith and he used to say it all the time. If you're not on time you're stealing somebody else's time. That makes you a thief now and I'll never forget he would demand that we have Eastern standard Time to always set our clocks by Coach Smith time which meant five minutes before were supposed to be there. Make sure were there and we were going to play the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. We got there well before the launch time to leave and we got on the bus, but we noticed that our first-team All-American Charlie Scott was not on the bus and everybody went worse Charlie were Charlie and Coach Smith White at 4 o'clock when the bus was supposed Lisa close the door leaf and Charlie arrived right at that time and I remember looking out the window and seeing Charlie run next to the bus to full sprint, trying to get the bus to stop to get on. Coach Smith looks at his watch looks at Charlie shakes his head no.
It's 401 we traveled to Charlottesville without our first-team American causing coach Smith says you gotta be prompt if you're not prompter stealing people's time.
They wanted to give us a life lesson about that would last for all of our lives, or even to this day I try to be prompt right on time. If I'm going to be late to call the person and say hey I'm running 510 minutes late. Just a note, because that is Mitch barely running running next to the bars coach Smith looked at his watch was for one, said sorry, and you what Charlie did was Charlie caught another flight and got there like before the game and go Smith would start because he was trying to teach him a life lesson.
He was more concerned about developing a great person that he was a basketball player and interestingly we won the game unless second shot so maybe God honored the coach Smith's view of promptness. I don't know Lyle, but that's what this is talking about Jen and I think it's so important for all of us to remember and teach our children and our grandchildren as well because I think this was getting lost in our contemporary culture. Scripture teaches us to honor one another above ourselves. Romans 1210. This means that we should prioritize others as more important than ourselves were to think about what others need instead of what we always need in 1 Specific Way to honor others is to be prompt to be on time at meetings, lunches, drop-offs and pickups to church to school anything in which there is a start time.
I was a pastor. Sometimes I would sit up front and watch people pour into the worship service, five, 10, 15 minutes late and I'm going you wouldn't do that if you had an appointment.
Literally, with the Almighty God of the universe. You would show up.
I think coach Smith standard Time here a few minutes beforehand to make sure that you would have that time with him. So everyone let's honor one another. How by prioritizing them above ourselves and by being prompt, being on time. When we do we honor them. We honor God and we are not a thief. Wow this is so good. Thank you for sharing the story and I'm sure Charlie has never forgot. Frankie has, but I think all parents coaches of mentors need remember that we are teaching the next generation yeah truth and this is one of them. If it's 4 o'clock it's 4 o'clock it's 11 o'clock on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock. Do coach Smith standard Time to set your clocks five minutes beforehand just to make sure you're always on time because when you're not. You're stealing from others said again think he semi-stated everyone if you'd like to receive these moments of hope daily go to moments of hope church.or you can subscribe there there free of charge, though. Arrive in your inbox every morning at 7 AM it's from my heart to yours to give you a daily moment of hope and in moments of hope with the senior pastor of moments of hope turns today's messages from our online worship service and you can be a part of our service each Sunday morning at the nine and 11 o'clock I going to moments of hope church.org and while you're online. Be sure to get your free video called names times this is on again free for all in our moments of hope, radio listeners, informative teaching looks at what the Bible tells us in on the time go to moments of hope church.org\listener again. Moments of hope church.org/listener for all that I sent moments of her parents, James Easton