“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?” – Matthew 20:1-15 ESV
God is NOT a respecter of persons: So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. God’s ways are NOT our ways. (Acts 10:34-35) See also Romans 2:11. This is why we must treat ALL with LOVE: the Jew, the Greek, the Muslim, the vagrant and the liar. We are to LOVE them, and to speak the truth of God’s WORD to them, because you never know the time that God has ordained for their calling! We also need to separate Salvation and rewards. While salvation is a gift, there are rewards given for faithfulness in the Christian life and loss of rewards for unfaithfulness.
Leader, the HOLY SPIRIT is truly the only one who is a SOUL WINNER- GOD knows HIS children! You could be the one being used by God to call someone out of darkness into the light! We must remember that God’s ways are not our ways and our ways are NOT GOD’s ways! For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) We must remember who we are and WHO GOD IS! Our job is to share the WORD, to LOVE stranger and neighbor, to have scripture in us, so when we open our mouth, THE WORD comes out of us and FAITH in GOD is activated in others!
Conduit, the parable in Matthew 20 is a picture of Salvation! Some were born IN THE CHURCH, some came to God as kids, some when they are young adults and some-like the thief on the cross, on their DEATHBED. However the PAY IS THE SAME; Justification by GRACE alone, through FAITH alone, in CHRIST alone! For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30) As the Apostle Paul understood; I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. Our job is to be USED by God. In order to be used by GOD, we must ABIDE in GOD, be in UNION with God and LET GOD guide us and OPEN OUR MOUTHS and speak the words of JESUS and WALK the way of JESUS! When we do that, we activate the SPIRIT inside of each believer and we then GET REWARDS when we stand in front of the BEMA seat of Christ! Read For more understanding of REWARDS IN HEAVEN; read Romans 14:10, 2 Corinthians 5:9, 1 Thes 2:19-20, Rev 22:12 and the book of 2 Thessalonians- then you can understand and REJOICE for God is in control!