Today you should read: Matthew 20:1-19
In chapter 19 Peter asks Jesus a question:
“We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get?” (v.27)
Jesus answers him:
“Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.” (v.29-30)
Then Jesus illustrates this through the parable we read in chapter 20:1-19. What can we learn from this story that Jesus told?
1. God’s grace extends beyond us. Often we feel like we’re the only beneficiaries of His grace. It’s so much bigger than us.
2. God rewards who and how He chooses. He lifts some up to new endeavors and positions, and lowers some down. He’s sovereign. God doesn’t owe us an explanation. He’s not obligated to explain Himself in any way.
3. Instead of worrying about God’s blessings on others – enjoy His blessings on us. We must be thankful that God would use and bless us – in spite of us.
4. God’s rewards are rich. They are more than we deserve and more than we can imagine.
It’s not so important when you begin – just begin now! Serve the God who gave everything for you!
Posted by: Tim Parsons