Spend a few minutes with the above photo. With this picture, you will want to expand it by clicking on it. What do you notice? What are your eyes drawn toward? Notice the vines. The workers. The containers. The retaining walls. What might God be trying to say to you through this image?
In the Good News of Matthew, Jesus tells the parable of the vineyard workers. He compares the kingdom of heaven to a vineyard, where the landowner went to a marketplace several times during a day and invited those without work to work in his vineyard.
“Then about five he went and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing?’
“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they said to him.
“‘You also go to my vineyard,’ he told them” (Matthew 20:5-7).
Reflect on that passage for a moment. How does it speak into your life? How does it change your view of the photo above? How might the knowledge that “you also” have been invited to join in the exciting promise of God’s kingdom affect how you see your Monday mornings?
A little later, as Jesus continues his parable, the vineyard “told his foreman, ‘Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first'” (v. 8).
I like to think of “the last” as being “the least”. Seen in that way, how might the knowledge that you also have been called impact how you treat the least in your life? At work? At church? In your home?