Matthew 20:14

"I wish to give to this last man the same as to you."

Jesus told the story of a farmer who hired day labourers: some at 6:00 a.m., some at 12:00 noon, and some at 3:00 p.m. and some at 5:00p.m., one hour before quitting time. Amazingly, he paid them all the same wage. When the complaints started flying, the farmer said “I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.” you say, “that’s crazy nobody pays a day’s wage to people who’ve worked one hour only!” But God does. Deathbed converts and lifelong saints enter heaven by same gate. They don’t enjoy the same reward, but they’re saved by the same grace as a lifetime servants? Does that seem unfair? Yep, they workers in Jesus story complained too. So the farmer explain prerogative of ownership: Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?” (Matthew 20:15 rsv). The thief on the cross proves that when you request with your dying breath, God answers your prayer. The prodigal son “wasted his possessions” (Luke 15:13 nkjv). The Greek words use for wasted pictures a farmer throwing handfuls of seed into the ground. Imagine the prodigal son spurning his father’s kindness, going out and it all away. But he comes back. And when he did his father saw him and had compassion, and run and fell on his neck and kissed him (Luke 15:20 nkjv). The father was saving the son’s place at his table. And He’s saving yours too. Eleventh hour grace means that if you’re able to read these words and respond.

thegift: word4utoday


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