God's Economy

Yesterday one of my sisters and her fiancée waited in line for 12 hours to get new iphones. And it’s still unclear to me whether they both got what they wanted. That’s a lot of time and energy for a piece of technology, but there was a sense of community that built up over that time in the line.

But can you imagine what would have happened if the employees at the Apple store had gone out to the end of the line at opening time and given those who had just arrived the new iphones? I’m sure it would not have been a pretty sight.

But that’s sort of what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 20:1-16. The last are first in the kingdom of God. The only difference is not only do the people at the end of the line get the prize (God’s grace, peace and love) but so do the people at the beginning of the line! Everyone gets it.

God’s economy doesn’t make sense in our world where people stand in line overnight to get their “prize”. But God’s economy insures that everyone can enjoy the Kingdom – especially those who are late to the line.

God’s economy might not seem fair to those who have been in line a long time – but it’s not about “fair”, they’ve been enjoying God’s grace, peace and love all along. Thank goodness God doesn’t dole out mercy only to those who earn it. In God’s economy it’s win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win…

See you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 as we celebrate the last, the first and everyone in between receiving God’s grace, peace and love.


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