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July 4, 2008

What time are you?

Filed under: Uncategorized — gbrad @ 3:24 am

Yo there’s that scripture where Jesus tells this parable:

1“For (A)the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his (B)vineyard.

2“When he had agreed with the laborers for a [a]denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard.

3“And he went out about the [b]third hour and saw others standing idle in the market place;

4and to those he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ And so they went.

5“Again he went out about the [c]sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing.

6“And about the [d]eleventh hour he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day long?’

7“They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’

8“When (C)evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his (D)foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.’

9“When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a [e]denarius.

10“When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius.

11“When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner,

12saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the (E)scorching heat of the day.’

13“But he answered and said to one of them, ‘(F)Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius?

14‘Take what is yours and go, but 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 what is my own? Or is your (G)eye envious because I am generous?’

16“So (H)the last shall be first, and the first last.”

What time are you? I’m feeling a little late to work myself. Yet everyone who showed up with me will receive what was promised just like those who were there earlier. I have been forgiven much, so I pray to love just as much. Never to cheapen the grace I have been shown. Even though I fall short, I show up and get what is promised, working as hard as I can out of gratitude. I am seeing it is . . . a struggle for some of us who profess to believe. I pray for GOD to continue to sanctify us so that we’ll desire repentance and mercy and His matchless grace.

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