Labourers in The Vineyard
A Sermon on Matthew 20:1-16Read more
Why do we grumble? Why do we commiserate and feel sorry for ourselves? Is it because we’ve forgotten grace? Murmuring stems from a belief that one deserves something more. As a result, we’re never happy and become a complaining people. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains it this way from Matthew 20:1-16: the murmuring person has forgotten that everything is grace. To illustrate this point, Jesus gives us the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. This sermon highlights the grumbling of those who came in early. They are complainers; they feel they deserve more than the others. They started out well, but got into trouble later on. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones applies this parable to our own condition today. We have the Gospel of Jesus Christ, be if we do not continue, we get into the same trouble. We become entitled and believe we deserve more. What we forget is this: it’s all grace. It’s always been grace. In the Christian life, all is grace, from the beginning to the end. Christians are called to do all things without murmuring. What a tragedy when Christian people become miserable! What a tragedy when they murmur! The same grace that saved us keeps us. Listen and rejoice––it is all of grace.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.