by: anna abrahams
Today I read a story in Matthew about the kingdom of heaven...
"For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.
and to those he said, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' And so they went.
And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day long?' They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too.' "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.' When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius.
saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.' But he answered and said to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?
Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?' So the last shall be first, and the first last."
So much in this passage but the thing that hit me this morning was:
"Is your eye envious because I am generous?" (Or in another version I read says, Is your eye evil because I am good? )
How often are we so quick to be envious when others are blessed! How easily do we resent the Lord when he seems to bless others "more".
I must admit, I see this behavior in myself 😩And the crazy thing is, I'm ABUNDANTLY blessed, but I can't seem to help eying someone else's blessing with a touch of an evil eye.
oh God, forgive!
I want to rejoice at others blessings!
Keep me thankful Lord!