For the kingdom of heaven is like to a man that is an householder…
Beautiful exceedingly in this connection is the story — mythical, no doubt, in form, but probably true in substance — that is told concerning . Worshipping one day in the chapel in which he was accustomed to perform his devotions, it is said that the Saviour thus addressed him: "Thomas, thou hast written much and well concerning Me. What reward shall I give thee for thy work? " Whereupon he answered, "Nihil misi te, Domine," — "Nothing but Thyself, O Lord!" And in very deed He is Himself the best of all His gifts. He is Himself the " exceeding great reward " of all His people. Let the spirit of the angelic Doctor, as enshrined in this simple story, fill our hearts, and there will be no room within us for the hireling's selfishness.
(W. M. Taylor, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.