Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jesus the Great Equalizer

Several years ago, I read a news story about a youth soccer league that had stopped keeping score at their games. Their goal was to protect the fragile self-esteem of their young players, while still teaching them soccer skills. But their plans were derailed when it was found that, scoreboard or no, the kids themselves were keeping score! Those darn kids...

We all keep score. We want there to be winners and losers. We want to be able to measure ourselves against others. That's one reason the doctrine of grace is so hard for us to accept. In the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), Jesus turns our conventional wisdom on its head. He tends to do that a lot. What does this story have to say to us today? And how can we start to see the world through eyes of our gracious God? Come and study the Word with us this Sunday.

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