Is God Too Generous?
God is a gracious giver: when we were spiritually dead, God gave us the gift of new life by grace through faith. But is God too generous? This week we look to the teaching of Jesus in the Parable of the Vineyard to get a better picture of what God's generosity look like. Jesus has just been approached by a rich young ruler who wants to know how he can enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus tells him to be radically generous, but he refuses Jesus' invitation. The disciples see this encounter and wonder aloud to Jesus about what they will "get" from him in return for giving up everything to follow him. Jesus responds with the Parable of the Vineyard to describe what the kingdom of heaven is like. If God is like the landowner in the parable, we have to wonder: is God's generosity "fair"? Is it right for God to give so generously to those who don't "deserve" it?