Just Between You and Him
“And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house…” Matthew 20:11
Guest Writer: Amy Pilson
It’s Not Fair!
- No fair his piece is bigger than mine.
- He’s not playing fair! He’s had more turns than I have.
- It’s not fair, I’m in a loving marriage and want desperately to have a child and can’t but she’s single, sins and has a child.
- I’ve been working here for three years and the new employee is starting at a higher pay than what I’m getting. That’s just not right!
- She’s fatter than I am and has a boyfriend, why can’t I get one?
Anything sound vaguely familiar? Are you thinking of a similar situation that maybe you are dealing with right now? When was the last time that you evaluated something using fairness as the measurement?
More often than not, the argument of fairness is simply taking our selfishness and trying to justify it. We make the issue about our need or desire and try to put it at least at the same level if not higher than the other person.
This is nothing new. One of the first stories in the Bible revolves around selfish desires and twisting it so we can get what we want. There are stories laced throughout scripture where selfishness was at the root of a rather precarious situation.
One particular parable clearly addresses the issue of “fairness” and establishes how we are to look at our own situation and not compare ourselves to others. The parable of the workers in the vineyard is in Matthew 20 (Read Matthew 20:1-16). The master of the vineyard hired workers throughout the day. At the end of the day he had the workers paid from last hired to first. The workers hired in the morning were paid last. When they realized that they had all received the same pay regardless of how long they had worked they weren’t happy. The workers grumbled. Verse 13 contains the master’s response “Friend, I am doing you no 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.”
It wouldn’t have been “fair” had the master not given the first hired the full denarius. But he did. He completed their agreement. An agreement is between an individual and the master. We can’t compare our blessings or even our trials against those of another. God’s plan for each of us is individual. It is just between you and Him.