Grumbling in the Midst of Miracles | The Story Behind The Story Part II

Grumbling in the Midst of Miracles | The Story Behind The Story Part II

The Story behind the Story

Grumbling in the midst of miracles

Matthew 19:23-24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:27 Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

Matthew 19:29-30 Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.

Jesus promises to more than make up for our sacrifices: do we believe him enough to sacrifice whatever our calling demands? Craig Keener

The first will be last and the last will be first

Those who sacrifice now and become the least in this age will inherit the place of honor in the coming age. Craig Keener

Matthew 20:10 The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius.

Matthew 20:10-12 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

They are angry not to an injustice but to God’s generosity.

Not Fair

Matthew 20:13-15 But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you.Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious (evil eye) because I am generous?’

“God is not fair because I deserve___”  

God is more than fair because we deserve far less

You are blind to your blessing because of what you think you deserve

Romans 4:4-5 But didn’t he earn his right to heaven by all the good things he did? No, for being saved is a gift; if a person could earn it by being good, then it wouldn’t be free—but it is! It is given to those who do not work for it. For God declares sinners to be good in his sight if they have faith in Christ to save them from God’s wrath. 

Admit, Believe, Commit

A = Godly sorrow, Believe = Full trust C = Invite Jesus to be Lord

Romans 10:9-10 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Those who treat God’s grace as his obligation never receive a gift – Craig Keener

Thank God every day that you are in his family

They were blinded to the goodness of God by what they thought they deserved

Heart: Godly sorrow, Full trust, Invitation of Lordship

1 Timothy 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

Thank God every day that you are in his family