“‘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.”
Today’s scripture tells a story that some people might not think is fair. Here’s what it would look like today.
Stan is building a house and needs workers to help him, so he goes down the road at 6 a.m. and finds where some day laborers are waiting for work. He finds 10 guys to help him, and they all agree to work for 12 hours at $20 an hour – $240 for the day.
Three hours later he finds that he needs some more workers, so he goes back down the road and finds some men still standing there. This time, they don’t agree to a dollar amount – Stan will just pay them whatever is fair. Two more times, Stan does the same thing – at noon and 3 p.m. Again, Stan just promises a fair wage for the remaining hours.
Finally, 11 hours into the job (5 p.m.) Stan goes to get a few last workers. Again, he promises a fair wage for the one hour the men will work.
At the end of the day, Stan settles the accounts. For the men who agreed to work 12 hours, he pays them the promised $240. Then the men who worked nine hours step forward. Stan also pays them $240. He does the same for the men who worked six and three hours – $240 for each man.
Finally, the handful of men who only worked an hour come to get paid, and Stan gives each of them $240.
If you were a 12-hour worker, how would you feel? After all, you worked 12 hours for your money, while some of the other workers only worked one hour for the same amount. That doesn’t seem very fair, does it?
But that’s how Heaven works, and it’s more than fair. Whether you turn your life over to the Lord as a child, or as an old man on your death bed, you’re still promised an eternal reward of everlasting life in Heaven. Of course, if you wait until you’re an old man on your death bed, you might just wait too long and miss your chance. It’s always better to trust the Lord sooner rather than later.
But no matter when someone trusts their life to Christ, they will receive the same reward as every other Christian throughout time – a place with Jesus in the life to come.
Today, take comfort in knowing that if you’ve received Christ into your life, you have a place with Him in His kingdom.
Reflection copyright © 2015 Doug DeBolt.
Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.