Mystery :: Matthew 20:1-15
We all love a good story. Jesus told many stories called parables. But He didn’t just tell them to make people feel good or to create a happy ending. His stories would be life changing, if the reader took heed.
- Read Matthew 20:1-15. What was your first impression of this story? Did you side with those who were grumbling or did you think the boss was right in how he handled the workers’ wages?
- Read Proverbs 14:30. Where have you seen this play out in your life? God wants us to guard against the powerful pull of envy. How do you identify the mystery killer of envy in your own life?
- Discuss some ways you can stop envy before it kills you.
- Envy grows by comparing your life to others. In Matthew 20:1-15, comparison was at the root of the discontentment the workers felt about their wages. Can you see the ways in your life that comparison begins to change your feelings of contentment to discontent and then to envy? Share with your group.
- Pastor James showed us that when unfairness works in our favor, we call it an answer to prayer. Can you describe a circumstance in your life where God was “unfair” toward you but it was for your benefit?
- Envy begins with complaining that you deserve more. It is really an issue you have with God rather than with others. Do you complain when you think you’ve been treated unfairly instead of praising God for the blessings He gives you? How have you seen envy develop in your heart?
- Envy can be a powerful weapon to keep you from the calling of God in your life. If you have had those moments and were able to overcome them, share how you were able to gain victory over envy.