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Laboring in the vineyard

From the September 1981 issue of The Christian Science Journal

If you and I had labored in someone else's vineyard since early morning, and then received the same wages as one who had worked only for the last hour, we would most likely be quite upset. Such treatment just wouldn't seem fair, even if we had previously agreed on the amount we were to receive.

But was Christ Jesus implying by his parable of the laborers in the vineyard See Matt. 20:1-16. that we should expect an inequitable distribution of good from God and should learn to accept it with grace? Or did he mean that the one who does the most for God is apt to receive relatively less than one who is not so productive? When we examine many of Jesus' parables and sayings from the perspective of human logic—in this case, by identifying ourselves with the laborers' materialistic approach—we could be led to conclude, as many have, that God is sometimes capricious, that His government is not always fair, and that His children are not all equally His likeness.

But when we consider the parable from the standpoint of spiritual logic—from the angle of the householder—isn't Christ Jesus really telling us that the kingdom of heaven has only one denomination to give us: a currency that can't be broken up into smaller units or aggregated into larger ones? Infinite good, the only denomination known to illimitable Mind, is unadjustable—because it is all, and it does not conform itself to human concepts of more or less, sooner or later. Thus, the householder spoke truly when he told the complaining laborers, "I will give unto this last, even as unto thee."