The Parable of the Laborers

Scripture: Matthew 20:1-16

In this video of Jesus Christ, He tells the Parable of the Laborers. In the parable, there was a man who owned a vineyard who needed laborers to harvest grapes. The man went into the marketplace and hired laborers early in the morning to help harvest. Later in the day, he went to hire more laborers. Finally, towards the end of the day, the man saw more laborers in the marketplace looking for work and hired some to work for the last hour of the day.

At the end of the day, the man paid each of the laborers. The thing that makes this parable interesting is that he paid each of the laborers the same amount regardless of how long he had labored in the vineyard. He paid them each one penny. When the laborers who had been working all day saw that those who had only worked one hour got the same as them, they complained to the owner of the vineyard. The owner said, “Friend, I do thee no wrong: [didn’t you] agree with me for a penny?” (Matthew 20:13)

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Analysis of the Parable of the Laborers:

From this parable, we learn a lot about jealousy and being content with what we have. If we work our whole lives trying to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will get our reward in heaven. By the same token, if there is a person who is converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ at age 92, and he or she dies at age 93, that person has the same opportunity to make it to heaven and earn the same reward as we do (even if we have been committed our whole life). We should learn to avoid complaining or being jealous when others get the same reward as us. Instead, we should learn to be happy and find joy in the reward of others. The other thing we learn from this parable is that if we become acquainted with the gospel of Jesus Christ and become converted later in life, we can rejoice that we can be completely forgiven of our sins and still receive a full reward in heaven and for the rest of eternity.

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