The harvest is valuable enough...

Today's 90 day NT challenge is Matthew 22 - 24.

Matthew 20: 1 “ For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. ’ So they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day? ’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us. ’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive...

This is a great story into the mind of a boss and the heart of our God. In this story the Landowner (presumably a picture of God) went out five times in one day to seek laborers to send into His harvest field. We learn how persistent the landowner is with His pursuit of workers to send out. It was his job to be a Kingdom recruiter to get workers out into the field.

We also see the consistency of man's laziness and excuse making ability. The landowner efforts were not enough to the idle workers he found at the end of the day who had not been working all day. The landowner was hard at work, which every boss should be, and these guys were not and yet their excuse was "no one hired us". They placed the blame of their idleness on the landowner. Idle hands seem to always be able to make excuses and feel justified in doing so. However, the landowner, disregarding the fact that these idle workers have been avoiding him all day and decided to send them out into the field any way even though it was the eleventh hour and there was only one workable hour of daylight left. The harvest was valuable enough and the need was great enough to overlook their past failures and put them to work. And not only did he put them to work but he also paid them the same as the workers who had been in the field all day. "the last shall be first and the first shall be last".

God's ways are beyond our ways.  So no matter how much time you have wasted today or in life it is never too late to get about Kingdom business. Why? Because the harvest is worth it!

Jamie WeidnerComment