Working behind the scenes can be tough, especially when you are the person in charge of leading a ministry. I often work behind the scenes to organize and make sure the ministry program we are putting on actually happens. Since I'm a detailed person, I normally take care of all the intricate details. But sometimes when I work with someone and they are not as detailed as I am sometimes important details fall through the cracks, or worse that person takes credit for the work I have done. That causes me to get frustrated about small matters and I forget whom I am working for. My complaining overshadows the glory God gets from doing the program in the first place.
That 's what the workers were complaining about in this parable. The workers who began at the beginning of the day wee working tirelessly to make sure all the work was done and done well. The other workers who did not have to work as long, in a sense are getting the same credit (in this case the credit is money) as the workers who worked for longer time.
I, like these workers, struggled with this. When God gives me a task and I complete it and someone else doesn't do as good a job as I think I have done, I tap my foot in disgust, secretly muttering myself about how unfair God is to me.
For me to grow to spiritual maturity, I have to increase my humility and stop worrying about everyone else's rewards. Easier said than done. but I do believe if I switch my attitude from one of ingratitude to one of thankfulness for Gods provision, God will reward me with the humility I need to mature.
What about you? Do you silently compare your rewards to everyone else, or do you approach God with an attitude of gratitude, in humble adoration for his willingness to bless you with His provision?