Arriving Late

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ So the last will be first, and the first last.”Matthew 20:1-16

In my family, there are two of us children of my parents. I am the eldest and I have a younger sister. There are times when our parents would give us treats in a form of food, toys, allowances, etc. And most of the time, my parents would give my sister the same amount as mine and I’ve always thought it was so unfair.

I thought that if I was the older one, more advanced in years, and have been more helpful to my parents than my younger sister, I deserve more. More food, much more expensive toys, and bigger allowance.

It went on for years as we were growing up, but then Matthew 20:1-6 made me realize  that just like the master, my parents was just being generous to my younger sister and it did not mean that they gave me less and loved me less. Because our parents love both of us the same.

Just like with our Father in heaven, even though a brother just recently accepted Jesus as personal Lord and Saviour and has been evil all throughout his life in the past, he gives him mercy, grace, and forgiveness the same. God’s love is for everyone and doesn’t need rankings on who would be loved better and who would be loved lesser.

Now if you’re the one who’s hesitating to experience God’s love because you think it will require you many years of experience, don’t worry. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late.

Reference: Our Daily Bread 15-Day Edition

 

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