First and Last

Ferdinand Studio

1“The Kingdom of heaven is like this. Once there was a man who went out early in the morning to hire some men to work in his vineyard. 2He agreed to pay them the regular wage, a silver coin a day, and sent them to work in his vineyard. 3He went out again to the marketplace at nine o’clock and saw some men standing there doing nothing, 4so he told them, ‘You also go and work in the vineyard, and I will pay you a fair wage.’ 5 So they went. Then at twelve o’clock and again at three o’clock he did the same thing. 6It was nearly five o’clock when he went to the marketplace and saw some other men still standing there. ‘Why are you wasting the whole day here doing nothing?’ he asked them. 7‘No one hired us,’ they answered. ‘Well, then, you go and work in the vineyard,’ he told them.

8 “When evening came, the owner told his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with those who were hired last and ending with those who were hired first.’ 9 The men who had begun to work at five o’clock were paid a silver coin each. 10 So when the men who were the first to be hired came to be paid, they thought they would get more; but they too were given a silver coin each. 11 They took their money and started grumbling against the employer. 12‘ These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘while we put up with a whole day’s work in the hot sun—yet you paid them the same as you paid us!’ 13 ‘Listen, friend,’ the owner answered one of them, ‘I have not cheated you. After all, you agreed to do a day’s work for one silver coin. 14 Now take your pay and go home. I want to give this man who was hired last as much as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do as I wish with my own money? Or are you jealous because I am generous?’”

16 And Jesus concluded, “So those who are last will be first, and those who are first will be last. Matthew 20:1-16

Don’t you just love parables? How Jesus explains things so that believers will get it and well, the religious or fun believing won’t. This parable may bother some people, because as human beings with a sinful nature, they are invariably jealous.

I want to say not me, in truth. I only wanted what God wanted for me, and really that would be His best. He knows what is best for everyone. Do they do it or receive it? Not always. Did I feel bad being taking advantage of, hurt, ignored, disrespected, even hated? Sure, I did.

That said, I still want people to know His love, I am not in competition, I am in Christ. So the parable. Jesus is like the owner, and the workers received,, the same pay for different hours, the owner chose to be generous and the workers agreed.

I agreed to serve the Lord, and I have been at it a long time. What I receive is His decision. He has always given me better that I deserved, in my opinion, but He would probably say that wasn’t true, just knowing His love. He wants to give us more than we can ask or think, He has always had better plans.

If other people are blessed, healed, write books or have great blogs. Good for them. You will sometimes reap where you didn’t sow. And I know you do reap what you so, so let it be sour grapes. Jesus did not drink the bitter gall on the cross. I don’t want to either and I know I could , and with good reason in the natura;, but he is the supernatural and a rewarder of those diligently seeking Him.

If you receive a prophet, you get a prophet’s reward. Then there is the thiry, sixty, and hundred fold, and it doesn’t have to apply just to tithes. If Jesus is generous and He is, He can reward as He chooses.

And whether I am first or last, I’m just glad He is my vine. I’m still a branch.

Fernando Studio

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