Do you think you are TOO old or TOO far gone to be SAVED BY JESUS? Do you think there’s no way you could do anything good or even if you tried, you might not like it? Maybe your excuse has to do with how you grew up or where you lived. Perhaps you blame others for not encouraging you or teaching you.
This is what was put on my heart today when I read/heard the parable below. You may want to read it first. So, here it is:
((This is JESUS talking, of course))
The Parable of the Vineyard Workers
Matthew 20: 1-16
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the workers on one denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine in the morning,[a] he saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 To those men he said, ‘You also go to my vineyard, and I’ll give you whatever is right.’ So off they went. 5 About noon and at three,[b] he went out again and did the same thing.6 Then about five[c] he went and found others standing around,[d] and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one hired us,’ they said to him.
“‘You also go to my vineyard,’ he told them. When evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his foreman, ‘Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first.’
“When those who were hired about five came, they each received one denarius. So when the first ones came, they assumed they would get more, but they also received a denarius each. When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner: ‘These last men put in one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden of the day and the burning heat!’
“He replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius? Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my business?Are you jealous because I’m generous?’
“So the last will be first, and the first last.”
After hearing this in the DAILY AUDIO BIBLE reading this morning, I thought about how awesome it is that God doesn’t distinguish between young or old Christians. He has plans for us no matter what our age. AND WE ALL GET HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, AMAZING GRACE AND WONDERFUL PEACE.
AND GUESS WHAT—If you are lost and don’t know Jesus, GOD STILL HAS PLANS FOR YOU! Please don’t keep denying His love. The sooner you do it, the sooner you can benefit from His gift.
You may be like those workers who were hired later in the day (later in life –you come to know Jesus as your personal savior), but no matter–YOU ARE STILL A VESSEL GOD CAN USE–no matter what your age, what your past, what family you came from, house you live in or any other circumstance you have.
I’ve heard and read this parable before and even used it in a lesson before in Sunday School Class, but I haven’t had this speak to me this loud before. So many people give the excuse of not coming to church by saying church is not for them or there are too many hypocrites in church. That last one makes me giggle, because there are hypocrites EV ER Y WHERE… church is actually the best place for them to go. Church can help you learn to be less hypocritical. Duhh. Anyway, there is no REAL valid excuse as to why you shouldn’t believe in Jesus. Life is so much better with Him. Life is still crazy, but with JESUS, the crazy doesn’t seem hard to bare. HOW AWESOME IS THAT!?
The parable: NO MATTER WHAT YOUR EXCUSE is on why you can’t serve Jesus—get rid of it!
You can receive HIS grace because he paid it all…and you get the benefits.
Thank You Jesus!