My Denarius (Matt. 20:1-15)

Ever find yourself rejoicing at the goodness of God’s grace when you see Him bless those you love? Ever shake your head in frustration or even disappointment when someone you deemed undeserving, also receives a blessing? 

I’ve done both. I have pointed my finger at situations and said, “They deserved that (good or bad) because of X-Y-Z.”

But I forget, with grace, there is no “X-Y-Z.”

“X-Y-Z” implies earned favor (or disfavor), deservedness, punishment (or reward). Grace makes its home in places where it could never be repaid. That’s what makes it grace. I don’t get to decide that.

God shows His immeasurable grace through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I do not own that grace because I could never buy it. I am a recipient of God’s grace, not the delegator. This means people I may not care for (because of my selfish heart and prideful ego) will experience God’s grace just as I have.

I started thinking about this during a recent quiet time in Matthew 20:1-15. In the first few verses it tells a parable where a master of an estate hires several servants throughout the day (some in the morning, others at noon, and still others in the evening). At the end of the workday all the servants are paid the same amount (one denarius). Those who were hired in the morning complained that they should receive more than those who only worked for a few hours. Seems fair, right?

Listen to the master’s response:

“Friend, I am doing you no wrong… 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 my generosity?” – (v.13-15)

Life’s not fair. And, by all accounts, neither is the cross of Christ.

His grace is His to do with as He pleases. May I humbly accept my portion, my denarius, with thanksgiving in my heart.


7 thoughts on “My Denarius (Matt. 20:1-15)

  1. Great post. It’s very easy to judge without love and forget what we have. Instead of enjoying our salvation we use it to justify ourselves when ironically we received salvation for no justifiable reason.

  2. So hard to do when we’re keeping our eyes fixed on everyone else instead of the author and perfector of our faith. Maybe we (I) wouldn’t be so worried about who was getting what if I was focusing on Him instead of everyone else.

    Thanks for sharing a piece of your QT – it’s encouraging to get a dose of Rachel in my email…though the real deal is definitely better 🙂

    • Thanks! I’m slowly tweaking it to look more and more like what I envision in my head 🙂 Content is key though so I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts! Love your point about focusing on Christ instead of everyone else… so simple, yet so hard.

  3. I really like this post! And i like the phrase “My denarius.” I might just use it the next time I get disgruntled because I feel like I didn’t get my fair share or someone else got more than theirs. It’s a quick, easy to remember (easy to remember is pretty key for me) phrase to re-direct my attitude towards Christ instead of “keeping a scorecard.” Guess mom had a good point when she kept trying to beat the comparison game out of our systems…

    • haha good point about the score card system! Yeah this passage basically blows that out of the water 😉 glad it’s any easy to remember phrase! I hope it comes in handy for you 🙂

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