God’s generosity is shocking, stunning, and so unexpected we can even be offended by it.
In the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, some of the workers were offended and grumbled that the master paid those who worked an hour the same amount as those who worked all day. They were offended because they didn’t understand the Master’s astounding generosity.
But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ (Matthew 20:13-15)
The last sentence is the key: “Do you begrudge my generosity?” Sometimes I begrudge God’s generosity, and envy the blessings of others. When I see others blessed, rather than being jealous, I should think, “What a generous God! His generosity is amazing, unpredictable, wonderful. How generous he’s been to me.”
How lavishly he blesses his children – he gives us himself, his Son, his Spirit, his Word, his love, his kingdom, eternal life and an inheritance stored up in heaven.
Let’s praise our generous Father and bring our requests to him who does far beyond anything we can think, ask or imagine.
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