Local Christians joined with other followers of Jesus Christ around the world on Friday, March 3, with an observance of World Day of Prayer at the Cedaredge Assembly of God.
The theme for the gathering this year was "Am I being Unfair to You?"
The program highlighted passages from Isaiah, chapters 51 and 55 dealing with the joys that will follow those who look to the God of their salvation for guidance. Also cited was a long passage from Matthew 20, verses 1 through 16; a parable of Jesus about workers in the vineyard
Assembly of God Pastor Bob Hillyer took the parable as the topic for his address. He explained that Jesus always told his parables for a purpose, with a meaning, and to affect spiritual transformation in his hearers. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus' disciples ask him the meaning of the teaching.
In the parable, some of the workers claimed unfair treatment by the vineyard owner because they had received no more pay for working an entire day than others had received for working only part of the day.
But Hillyer observed the parable "is not about injustice; it is about grace." In a spiritual sense and in God's eyes, "none of us who is saved has gotten what we deserve," he said,
What that means is that in the social realm, Christians who enjoy God's blessings must not ever feel superior to others because of the blessings they have received. In addition, Christians must never envy others who seem to have more blessings than they themselves have, and must never fail to reach out to meet the needs of others.
No matter where Christians are on the social scale of life, they can always reach out and bless others, Hillyer explained.