Matthew 20: 1-16
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.”
This parable is in answer to Peter’s inquiry earlier at Matthew 19:27. You see, man is always looking for answers as to who will make it to heaven and who will be first. The rich, the poor, the famous, the simple man? So Jesus explains all with this simple parable.
So the last will be first, and the first will be last.
God sends His followers out into this world to do His will, whenever and however He calls you to do so. Idleness is not an option. Verses 3 and 6 point out there is no excuse for idleness. Ecclesiates 9:10 says, “ Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”
Most importantly in this parable, “there is room in the kingdom for everyone”. (John 14:2 – My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?)
“No Big I‘s and No Little You‘s.” We are all ONE in Christ, just as Jews and Gentiles of Jesus’ day were made one through His sacrifice for our salvation. (Romans 12:5 – So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.)
So it doesn’t matter when you come to Christ as long as you answer his call to “COME” before it’s too late.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”