“Here it is again, the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.” Matthew 20:16
Jesus told the parable about the boss who hired men to work for a day. The first one laborer hired agreed to work for X-amount of money. Later, the boss hired another, and then another, up to the end of the day. Each worker received the same pay. When the first one hired complained, the boss reminded him that he had agreed to the wage.
I think of my working experience and how I would have felt if I discovered someone with less experience had been hired and offered a higher salary. As an employee, I agreed I would not discuss salaries with co-workers–for a good reason. Fortunately, that never happened to me. Instead, the church I worked for hired a new secretary, who boldly told them the salary proposed was not acceptable. They gave her what she asked for and I got a big raise, too! At that point, I didn’t care if we were equally paid or not.
The parable reminds us it’s not up to us to judge who gets favored by God or how early in life you turn your life around and worship God. This even goes for someone who asks God for forgiveness while taking their last breath.
Thank you, Lord, for being responsible for who enters the gate into Heaven. Amen.