In this second in a series on the parables of Jesus we see that Practicing the Kingdom means treating all with grace and respect. The parable use familiar language and images to give us a peek into God’s thoughts and God’s ways.
In this second parable, Jesus tells the disciples, his followers, a story about the Eccentric Employer (the vineyard owner) who pays all of his workers the same no matter how many hours they have worked. Jesus used this parable to answer the disciples' question, “If the wealthy – the ones who seem to have it so together – have a hard time being saved, what hope is there for the rest of us? Jesus answer in Matthew 20:16 is “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” In other words, “Many who are first – as the world values people – will be last in God’s Kingdom; and many who are last – as the world values people – will be first in God’s Kingdom.“ Like the vineyard owner, God is much more generous than we would ever expect.