NEVER TOO LATE! 2-5-2012

posted Feb 4, 2012, 7:36 AM by Dale Barnes
I heard the testimony of a older man that became a Christian when he was 80 years old.  He was discouraged because he had wasted his life living for himself and not for Christ. However he fervently served in many ways and died at the age of 85.  

There is a parable in Matt.20:1-16 that tells something about the Kingdom of God.  Jesus said that the God’s kingdom is like a man hiring people to work in his vineyard.  Early in the morning he hires men to work and promises to pay them a certain amount; a good day’s pay.  He goes out later in the morning and finds others and hires them; this process goes on all day. Even at the “eleventh hour” (one hour before the day is over) he hires.  The man asks those hired at the last minute; “why have you been doing nothing all day?”  They tell him; “no one has hired us.”  At the end of the day, he pays them all the same amount even though they had worked different lengths of time.  This seemed unfair to the those who worked all day.  They thought they should get more, but they received what had been agreed on.

I believe God has given this parable to encourage us that no matter when we come into the kingdom or are honestly enlightened by God in serving him, there is a full reward for faithful service.  

Thoughts can cross our minds that because of our age, or because of our weaknesses, or lack of natural abilities or training, we are of no value to God.  This thinking does not originate from God.  The Bible tells us, because of his mercy to us, we are to present ourselves to God so we will know what God’s will is for us.(Ro.12:1)  He has a plan for each of us, not built solely on length of time or natural ability, but on God’s grace.  In faith, we can trust him;  he will fulfill his purpose in our lives and give us an abundant entrance into his Kingdom.