February 4, 2013 by directorfsmwo
Yesterday at church we celebrated the sacrament of baptism with the baptism of an elderly gentleman. It was a joyous occasion, as are all baptisms. The gentleman was over the age of 80 and he had difficulty walking and needed assistance getting in and out of the baptismal, but a midst these difficulties he was not deterred from the baptismal. I think that yesterday’s baptism was the best I have ever seen, there were so many emotions I experienced through the whole process. It is amazing to see that you are never too old to be called by God! It was a reminder that everything happens according to God’s timing.
My husband brought to my attention that yesterday’s events reminded him of the Parable of the Vineyard Workers which can be found in Matthew 20:1-16(NKJV). “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,[a] 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.’[b]
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 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. For many are called, but few chosen.”
At first look you may not think that this parable applies to yesterday’s events, but if you think about it, many Christians are saved when they are young and have their whole lifetime to labor for Christ, many Christians are saved in the middle of their life and have the rest of their life to labor for Christ, still many are saved in their old age and have what’s left of their life to labor for Christ and yet some are saved on their deathbed and may only have a short time to labor for Christ. As believers our reward is not a denarius but eternal life, we all receive eternal life once we receive the gift of salvation. Some of the above workers were not pleased with getting the same wage as other workers, but I am more than happy to receive the same reward that fellow believers will receive no matter when in their life they are saved.
If you have loved ones who are still unsaved, remember their is still hope for them, if God calls them it will be according to His time, not ours.