I am counting on the promise of complete forgiveness and a place in God’s kingdom. But I have only come to faith half way through my life. In the beginning of the parable (from which I have quoted the end below) the landowner finds workers to hire throughout the day. I could say I was hired at noon to work in God’s kingdom. I will work hard for the rest of the day – the rest of my life. Whatever else God might seem to give to others, I agreed to work hard for God in return for forgiveness and a place in his kingdom.
Matthew 20:8-16 NLT
“That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first. When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage. When they received their pay, they protested to the owner, ‘Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.’ “He answered one of them, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’ “So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.”
Psalms 25:6, 7 NLT
6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.
7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
for you are merciful, O Lord.
I would like to pray everyday, in some form of words, the verses from psalm 25 above. I just want to remember how grateful I am for My lord’s compassion and mercy which we can read he has shown from long ages past. I would like to pray that my Lord will forgive me for wasting half my life ignoring him and behaving badly as a result. I pray that by His grace I will be allowed a place in his kingdom. First or last matters much less than just being allowed in at all.
Exodus 10:1-12:13, Matthew 20:1-28, Psalms 25:1-15, Proverbs 6:6-11