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Unhappy Servants Matthew 20:1-16

Unhappy Servants

Sometimes, God doesn't seem fair.

At a Glance

American workers aren't all that satisfied with their jobs these days. Why? Because employers don't seem to know what motivates and satisfies their employees, i.e., what keeps them happy. Employee happiness certainly depends on being valued and feeling a sense of worth. But what happens when workers evaluate their worth based on the way the employer values others? In this parable, Jesus makes the point that it is God who gives us our ultimate value regardless of our resume or seniority.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "Flavor Enhancers," September 18, 2005, at

"I owe, I owe, so off to work I go."

That sentiment, plastered on the cars of many people who will be stuck in rush-hour traffic on the way to work Monday, seems to resonate with the majority of American workers. For many, work is a drudgery one must endure, rather than a vocation one can embrace.

According to a 2016 survey, just 49.6 percent of Americans are satisfied...

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