“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.” (Matt. 20:1&2)
As we look at the kingdom of heaven today, we look at the church. The Master is recruiting laborers to work in His fields for His kingdom. He goes out early in the morning and finds workers willing to work for a denarius. So, they begin to work. Throughout the day, the Master continues to recruit more workers to work. He even recruits workers at the end of the day. At the end of the day the workers go to the master to receive their wages. The Master gives every worker a denarius. This infuriates the workers who worked the whole day. They feel that it is very unfair that the late workers received the same wage they received even though they worked so little time.
Now we all can relate to that. In this world, things just don’t operate that way. But, we are not dealing with this world. The ways of the kingdom of heaven are not the same as the ways of this world. Until Jesus returns again, God will continue to add to the numbers of His kingdom. Up until the last day, He will continue to seek and to find. And until the last day, the members of the kingdom are called to work for the kingdom. It is just a fact that some will repent and believe in Jesus moments before His return. Does that fact make them any less worthy of the same payment we receive? We will all receive the same wage–eternal life in God’s kingdom.
May it never be said of us that we began to begrudge the work. May our work in God’s kingdom be seasoned with gratitude and grace. The fact is that we are all undeserving of the grace (wage) we will receive due to our faith in Jesus and our service in His kingdom. On that day when Jesus returns, may we be as happy for the new hire’s wages as we are for ours.