I’m a few days late in getting this out, but as the saying goes it is better to be late than never.
On Sunday we took time out to celebrate the men in our lives and all that they have done for us. We had a wonderful weekend family gathering with lots of food and fun and laughter. Not only were we celebrating Fathers Day, but we were also celebrating two graduates. One was graduating with his Masters in Math, while the the other graduate was most happy to be graduating Kindergarten.
So even though it may be late, I still take this opportunity to let the men in my family know that whether they may be a father or not that they are all appreciated.
We as human beings may feel slighted and angry when someone is late to approach us or if we are last to be offered something, but with God I am thankful that He does not deal as mankind deals.
As I set out to write this post it reminded me of The Parable Of The Workers In The Vineyard in the bible. When it came time to be paid, the first workers thought that they would get more than the last workers, but they all got the same amount of pay. This is what it will be like with the kingdom of God. The Christian who has been serving God for fifty years will get the same reward as the new Christian who has just found God. So if you do not know God at this time or do not have a relationship with Him, just know that it is not too late.
© Leola Durant
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
20 “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 a]”>[a]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, b]”>[b]and whatever is right you will receive.’
8 “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ 9 And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. 10 But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. 11 And when they had received it, they c]”>[c]complained against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius?14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last. Ford]”>[d] many are called, but few chosen.” Matthew 20:1-16
This is why it’s better to be late than not at all, because God is truly not like man. He is most gracious and most kind, not giving us what we deserve, but giving us much better.