So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few (have) chosen.” Matthew 20:16
God is always calling people to salvation, and He is always calling people to walk out life ministering and loving others. Maybe you were someone who answered that call the first time you heard it, or maybe you heard the message of salvation many times and received it later on in life. The truth is, God calls everyone. He is not willing that any should perish. (see 2 Peter 3:8) However, not everyone chooses to answer “yes” to that call. Many say “no” several times before they turn to Him.
The good news is, even if you have chosen to follow Him later in life, you still have time to complete the assignment He has for you. Jesus even said that those who come later will be first and the first ones will move to the last place.
Because our foundation is built on those who have gone before us and those who come after will be built on ours. Those who chose earlier move to the bottom as new people are added in. Likewise, those who come after us will be above or at the front because they came into the Kingdom of heaven and learned by a witness that was before. But, we all have a job to do and a role to play. To think that my reward will be greater because I have served longer than someone else is neither relevant or accurate. We do not compare or compete with one another to receive greater or less. Rather we work together to complete a mission. Much like a construction project has many different contractors to work on the project, some start at the beginning of the project and other come in when their part is ready to be worked on.
The point is that we are all working toward the same goal and that is to help others know God’s unconditional love for them so they can experience it in their everyday lives. So, no matter when you stepped on to the project, no matter how late it is in your life, you still have a part to play and a role to fill. Choose to step into that place today and do your part to close this project out.
Today I want to encourage you to choose. Choose to receive the call that the Master is calling you to. Get in the place of your gifting and talent, to do your part in the mission and assignment of God. Choose to bless and love those around you and do what you were created to do for such a time as this. You don’t have to do everything, only do the part you were “hired” for.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 20:1-16
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day?’
7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.’
8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’
9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius.
11 And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner,
12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’
13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?
14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’
16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.”