The Last Will be First
How often do we begrudge those who have more than us? We tend to be jealous and even envious of others when life is 'greater' for them at a time. Did you ever have a desire for something, to the point you would dream about it and counting down time until it was yours? An example could be getting a new phone. You are waiting and saving in order to get it, and then one day, your friend buys that phone at random. You feel you've been working and saving like crazy to earn something, and they just happen to have lots of money, go out, and buy it at random without a second thought. It seems unfair right? Why should you be last when you've worked so hard?
Today's Gospel states:'"For the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place; and to them he said, `You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he said to them, `Why do you stand here idle all day?' They said to him, `Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, `You go into the vineyard too.' And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, `Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.' And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they grumbled at the householder, saying, `These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' But he replied to one of them, `Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?' So the last will be first, and the first last"'(Matthew 20:1-16).
The last will be first and the first will be last. In God's eyes, we are all loved, all cherished the same. We are each unique and amazing in God's eyes. The little things don't matter, such as wealth and products. If you give fully of yourself in every area of your life, no matter what you make, you are first in God's eyes. Always remember that. Jealousy leads you away from God, but working hard to give yourself for others and appreciate everyone, will point you in the right direction, to unending love. Take some time today to reflect on where you have jealous habits and ask God to help you have a heart of love.
Today's prayer comes from 'Christians TT' a prayer for overcoming jealousy:
Heavenly Father, I give thanks and praise, blessed to be among those sanctified in Christ Jesus, and called to be saints together with all those who call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I thank you for Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Wonderful Counselor, I bind that spirit of jealousy that’s attempting to consume my life. I curse it out completely in the name of Jesus, for it is more than cruelty and overwhelming fury. Remove it now, mighty God, along with the hatred, anger, fear and insecurities that fuel it.
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Everlasting Father, I desire to be as holy as You are. Set me free of the thoughts that consume my mind which cause the jealousy to arise. Substitute the negativity and cruelty within my heart with Your peace and love, and gentle kindness.
Lord, substitute the negativity and cruelty in my heart with Your peace and love and kindness.
You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. Yet, you do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Prince of Peace, help those who are struggling today. May they experience Your love and show love in return to all they come into contact with.
Help me to not be envious towards my neighbors and friends but rather to be happy for them and encourage them to go even further. Cleanse me of anything that breaks Your heart, oh Savior.
Help me live a righteous life, Heavenly Father. Because on this day I declare it, I decree it and speak it into my life, in JESUS’ mighty name, Amen!!!