Daily Devotion, 12/15/17, Matthew 20:1-16 “Y’all Come!”
“When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage.” Matthew 20:9 NLT
I can identify with the frustration the workers who worked all day in this parable expressed. Why should anyone get the same pay as me if I worked ten times longer than they did? That’s a fair question but it’s not the right question. The right question is, “What did I ever do to deserve the opportunity to be employed by the Master in the first place?” The answer is nothing. Any “pay” I receive from Him is pure grace. It’s all absolutely undeserved. Since I and every other sinner deserve nothing good from our holy and righteous God, who am I to complain if someone who’s put in much less time than me gets the same amount of grace and blessing? From the Father’s eternal perspective, whatever time I put in for Him here on earth is a blink compared to my limitless eternity with Him. His focus is on spending that limitless eternity with as many of His kids as possible.
His hope is that we will put our faith in what Jesus did for us on the cross so that the sin that would cause us to miss eternity with Him is covered. Whether that step of faith is taken with seventy years or seventy seconds of life left is irrelevant to Him. He just wants us to take the step and come to Him just as we are, wherever we are and whenever we can.
You can come to Him early and enjoy a long life filled with blessing and significance. You can come to Him mid-day and put the wasted morning hours behind you. You can even come to Him as the last light of the workday fades away. He would have loved to have spent the whole day with you but that’s ok because eternity awaits. Regardless of who you are and what you’ve been doing, He invites you to come to Him. It’s never too early and it’s never too late. As we say down here in the South, y’all come! You are loved!