The Kingdom of Heaven that belongs to God calls us to belong fully to Him. There are many who are called to live in His Kingdom and so we come. We are the Kingdom of God because we believe and choose to follow Jesus, His Son. Everyone living in His Kingdom are chosen and invited to do His work with Him of seeking the lost and pointing them to salvation only found in Jesus. We do not point them to an imperfect church of humans still growing and maturing as the way to salvation, but to Christ who is Perfect in every way. He is the Way to saving grace, He is Truth and He is the example to follow to live Life to the fullest degree! We serve Him, doing what He ways, being who He desires us to be, in His work to help others find and follow Him, too.
The Body of Believers in Jesus, aka “church”, gather for the purpose to grow in His character, worship Him in Spirit and Truth, while pointing unbelievers to Jesus to be saved. (See the book of Ephesians) There just isn’t any room for jealousy in this holy work. When jealousy enters, the work is hindered. It’s no longer about Jesus but about ourselves. Jealous in a virus. The only vaccination against it is the love of Jesus in us.
Jealousy as been given the name, “the green-eyed monster” and rightly so. Jealousy ruins relationships and destroys the nourishment of our souls. Jesus knows jealousy well. Jealousy was birthed in heaven among the angels. Jealousy was named Satan who was jealous of God, Himself! Satan wanted to be God. He recruited and built an army of demonic angels to take over God’s Kingdom! How absolutely foolish, right? Satan was thrown out of holy heaven but he did not stop his jealous battle to win over the world. Satan is the prince of this world. His goal is to plant seeds of jealousy in all of us.
God came down from heaven in the form of His only Son, Jesus. Jesus came to a world who had all but forgotten God. The religious who read God’s Law and added to His law with oppressive mandates were no longer living with Him, living in His Presence or living for Him. They were living for self. The religious elite were the epitome of jealousy. They were jealous of Jesus who was Truth. Jealousy was and is at the root of evil who wants to turn us away from God, shouting “unfair” when we don’t feel we are getting our fair share, not getting our way, while thinking only of ourselves. This is just where the evil one wants us to be.
Therefore, Jesus teaches a lesson about workers in a vineyard (Kingdom of God) who were jealous of who did what, when and where and for how long. He teaches all who heard about avoiding jealousy because jealousy does not fit and is not welcome in the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of God. It never did. It never will.
Matthew—God’s Law Fulfilled
Matthew 19:1-16, NLT
Parable of the Vineyard Workers
“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work.
3 “At nine o’clock in the morning he was passing through the marketplace and saw some people standing around doing nothing. 4 So he hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day. 5 So they went to work in the vineyard. At noon and again at three o’clock he did the same thing.
6 “At five o’clock that afternoon he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, ‘Why haven’t you been working today?’
7 “They replied, ‘Because no one hired us.’
“The landowner told them, ‘Then go out and join the others in my vineyard.’
8 “That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first. 9 When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. 10 When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage. 11 When they received their pay, they protested to the owner, 12 ‘Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.’
13 “He answered one of them, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? 14 Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. 15 Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’
16 “So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”
PAUSE TO REFLECT…
Are we jealous of anyone who serves well in the Body of Christ?
Are we really jealous of the blessings that seem to fall on those who we think do not do as much as we do?
Are we jealous now?
What can we do to get rid of this sin?
Repent now of all jealous thoughts. Ask God to help us channel our thinking towards lifting others up instead of putting them down. God’s Kingdom has no room for jealousy. We are all God’s children with specific tasks given by Him with the abilities and gifts to do them. It’s all up to God what those tasks are and how He will provide. He is God and we are not.
THIS leaps off the page of this passage for me today…” Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?”, says God. The answer is no.
We have seen jealousy in us and in others destroy relationships and hinder your work in us and through us. We repent of all jealousy for we know where it comes from. May your Kingdom come and reign in us and all around us and through us. May YOUR will be done in every detail of our lives on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day thinking that comes from you with hearts ready to serve you as you guide us. Lead us not into temptations of jealousy and other destructive sins, but deliver us from evil and evil’s schemes to plant these seeds in our hearts, minds and souls. With you all this is possible. You are our strength and our song. You have all power. You fight all our battles. To you be all glory for all the victories over sin. To You be all glory, honor and praise forevermore!
In Jesus Name, Amen