Scripture:

Matthew 20:16 – “So the last will be first and the first last.”

Observation:

Jesus finishes telling the parable of the laborers in the vineyard by illustrating that the kingdom of heaven does not operate on worldly values. Someone of minimal perceived value by government or culture can be of high standing to God. The logic of the gospel represents a one hundred eighty degree shift from societal norm. The laborers God chooses represent all types of people from different social standing with one commonality. They only way to be chosen is by the grace of God.

Application:

I must remember the truth that I am only saved by the grace of God. The gospel of Jesus represents the only hope in a fallen world. I should not judge someone as more valuable for their wealth, power or political standing but rather look at everyone through God’s economy. There is nothing I can do to earn salvation, nor is there anyone that is too far gone that I should think is excluded from the grace of God. As a believer, I should be joyful anytime a lost sheep is found.

Prayer:

Father,
Thank you for your love, grace and saving me without regard to my earthly standing. Help me look at everyone with value and know all are welcome in your kingdom. Let me be inviting to share your love and gospel with those who are lost.