The Grace of God

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Matius 20:1-16 | Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya

Laborers in the Vineyard (Listen)

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”

Sehubungan dengan pertanyaan Petrus di Matius 19:27, Tuhan Yesus mengingatkan melalui perumpamaan ini bahwa kasih karunia Allah (Grace of God) adalah dasar dari segala yg diberikanNya bagi umatNya. Bersyukurlah untuk setiap kasih karunia yang dianugerahkan Allah itu! Apa saja bentuk kasih karunia di dalam perumpamaan ini?

1. Memberi kerja
Seperti tuan mencari pekerja-pekerja untuk kebun anggurnya (20:1), bukan saja pada pagi, juga pada petang (20:3,5,6). Dalam kasih karuniaNya, Tuhan mencari orang yang masih menganggur, karena manusia diciptakan untuk melakukan pekerjaan yang disiapkanNya (Efesus 2:10; 1Korintus 12:18); Tuhan masih terus mencari dan memanggil hingga saat ini.

2. Memberi upah
Tuan itu membayarkan upah pada akhir hari (20:8), agar ada nafkah untuk hidup, sedinar bagi semua pekerjaNya. Dalam kasih karuniaNya, Tuhan setia memenuhi janjiNya dan bermurah hati, memberi keselamatan dan hidup kekal di dalam Kristus kepada semua umatNya yang sebetulnya tak layak, serta menegur dan menguduskan yg degil hati.

3. Menanggapi dengan sabar
Dengan sabar tuan itu menjelaskan (20:12-13). Dalam kasih karuniaNya Tuhan juga sabar terhadap umatNya yang masih tak memahami kebaikan & kemurahanNya. Dia menjelaskan tentang yang dilakukanNya (20:15-16). Bertobat, bersyukur dan lakukanlah pekerjaanNya! Baiklah yang pertama sampai terakhir janganlah menjadi yang terakhir (20:16; 19:30 ‘banyak’ berarti ’bukan semua’).

Ringkasan kotbah Pdt. Erick Kartawijaya, 15 Januari 2023

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