Laborers in the Vineyard.
By Edison Swartz
Have you ever wondered what the parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard actually means? Well, I won't claim to know the entire meaning, but I would like to share with you this quick thought; first though, lets read the parable in Matthew 20:1-16.
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. - Matthew 20:1-16 KJV
This parable is talking about the last days. You see, people meet God at all points in their life: early, middle, or late. Jesus still offers the same reward to all. "The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me." - 2 Samuel 22:21 KJV So, whether you came to God a long time ago or whether you come to God at the very end of time, you can still be a child of God.
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