Grace Is The Very Opposite Of Merit

Text for Today: Matt. 20:1-16 “saying, These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.” (vs. 12).

For grace is given not because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them. Grace is the very opposite of merit; grace is not only undeserved favour, but it is favour shown to the one who has deserved the very opposite.

Whenever grace is at work in a life, men cannot but be full of complains because they won’t be able to see any rationale in what had just happened. Beloved, instead of complaining about a man who enjoys God’s grace, all you need is to call on God to cloth you with the garment of grace and favour in wherever you find yourself.

When you have the favour of God, what others labour to get in six years, favour will place it in your hand cheaply within six days. The story of the labourers and the landowners from our text for today clearly shows us how God can turn a nonentity to a celebrity, how God can turn situation around for someone whom people have concluded it is over for.

The landowner hired labourers early in the morning and he agreed to pay them a denarius for the work of the full day; at the third hour of the day He hired another set but he did not bargain with them. He only told them “I will give you whatever is right, just work faithfully for me,” Likewise he did at the six, at the ninth hour of the day which was around 3pm of our day.

Eventually he hired some people at the eleventh hour which is 5pm of our time, which means they have only one hour to work. However, at the end of the working period he gave everyone the same amount. Ask for grace at all times!

You are a Champion!

Further Study: Mathew 21:28-32.

Covenant Prayers                    

  • Father, I thank you for all that your grace has done in my life.
  • Dear Lord, give me grace to enter my season of rest.
  • I receive grace that will make me to stand out in life.
  • by grace, I shall not labour in vain this last quarter of the year.


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