Chapter 20 starts with the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Some worked a full day while others worked as little as just 1 hour. They all got the same pay. The pay that they agreed upon. Some thought that if they worked longer, they should get more. They felt insulted that those who worked the least got just as much as they did. Do you ever feel that those who accept Christ at the end of their life somehow ‘cheated’ when they could have accepted Him earlier in life? His salvation comes whenever we accept Him as Lord and Savior. His grace and love are generous. We should be grateful that we have had a lifetime to experience Him here. Be glad for that privilege!
Please copy this link or the blog in order to give this verse to your family, friends, and co-workers in His kingdom. Ask if they know of someone who accepted Christ very late in life. Ask how they felt about that and if they felt the person waited too long to make that commitment. Tell of your own experiences. Share with each other examples of the generous nature of God. Then, Take Time For God’s Word at 20:15 (8:15 pm) and whenever you see someone being generous, then think about this verse. This parable is a favorite of mine as we had a children’s book called “Sir Abner and His Grape Pickers” (the vineyard owner) and I read it MANY, MANY times to our children (30+ years ago). The grace of God towards us is obvious. The human reaction of the first workers is also obvious, but sad. We quickly forget that we get salvation which we do NOT deserve. That is grace. We should thank God every day for His grace!! (The parable also ends with the familiar verse 20:16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.“ (NIV))
In our monthly prayer list, we focus today on prayers for all of the judges and our judiciary system at all levels of government. These women and men devote themselves to providing justice to all. It is a complex process. It is challenging. It is most often thankless as they are criticized in whatever decision or verdict is reached. Yet, it is the best process that we have and we should thank those serving in such roles. Be blessed in whatever role you have in serving in God’s plan. Pass it on through diligent work and times of awesome praise to God!