Matthew 20:1-16
“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the owner of an estate who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay the normal daily wage and sent them out to work. 3 “At nine o’clock in the morning he was passing through the marketplace and saw some people standing around doing nothing. 4 So he hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day. 5 At noon and again around three o’clock he did the same thing. 6 At five o’clock that evening he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, ‘Why haven’t you been working today?’ 7 “They replied, ‘Because no one hired us.’ The owner of the estate told them, ‘Then go on out and join the others in my vineyard.’ 8 “That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first. 9 When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. 10 When those hired earlier came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage. 11 When they received their pay, they protested, 12 ‘Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.’ 13 “He answered one of them, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? 14 Take it and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. 15 Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be angry because I am kind?’ 16 “And so it is, that many who are first now will be last then; and those who are last now will be first then.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

This parable is not about rewards but about salvation. It is a strong teaching about grace, God’s generosity.  We should not resent those who turn to the Lord in the last moments of life.  No one deserves eternal life with God, no matter what they have done for Him.  There will be many people in heaven that we did not expect to see.  The criminal who died next to Christ did not serve Him during his life, but he accepted His grace and went to be with Christ in Paradise that day.  For those of us who have known of God’s grace for years and have served, our reward will be according to His will, and not according to what we have done.  Remember it is only those things done by His direction, through His power and for His purposes that we will be rewarded.  But to spend eternity with Jesus is the reward of all who believe in Him and accept His grace. no matter how long they believed.  Focus on your relationship with Him and not on what others are doing or have done.  You do what He is directing you to do and know that His love and peace are with you no matter how long you have known Him.

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