Mathew 19 ends with the story of the rich young ruler. He asks what needs to be done to inherit eternal life. You see eternal life is not something you can buy. It is something you enter.
Jesus says: Follow these commandments “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,’[c] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ The rich man says I have done these things.
Jesus than says go sell everything you have and follow me. The Bible says he goes away sad. Then the chapter ends with these words: “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’
5 So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius.
10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.
11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.
12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?
14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you.
15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
- Any priority put before Jesus is what you are really serving,
- The owner reserves the right to pay his workers what ever he chooses.
- Last is the roadmap to first
- Less is the roadmap to more
- Living out correct priorities is the best way to live.
- Work it, work it, work it.
- You have to work the miracle for the miracle to work
- If you joined the kingdom late in life, work with what you still have left.
- Status in the Kingdom doesn’t come from how you impress others, but from how you surrender and serve God.
Rev. Dr. Nick Garza
B<(D) John 3:30