What Does God Require of Us? What Do We Require of God?

What does God require of humanity?

It’s a common question asked by people who either believe in the existence of God or are comfortable accepting the premise of His existence in order to talk about other things.

For example, a group of Pharisees asked Jesus, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any grounds?” (Matthew 19:3). Put another way, “What does God require of us with regard to marriage and divorce?”

Next, Matthew records another person asking the same type thing. “What good must I do to have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16). Put another way, “What does God require of me with regard to getting to heaven?”

So when Jesus tells the parable of the vineyard workers after these two conversations, we expect a parable that tells us exactly what God requires of us.

But instead, we get something completely different.

We get a parable that…

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