Heaven is Just Heavenly

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” – Matthew 20:1-16

The cry often goes out, “It’s not fair!” People use that phrase when they see others getting more or better. A co-worker gets a raise and you don’t. A classmate gets an A but cheated. The person ahead of you was going the same speed but the police officer stopped you. It’s not fair!

What about heaven? Is it fair if Jesus welcomes a believer to heaven if that person was a death bed convert? Is it fair if Jesus welcomes a murderer to heaven who has confessed his sin and his faith in Jesus as his Savior? Is it fair if such people are in heaven right alongside those who were believers their whole life?

Such is the point that Jesus is trying to get across: Heaven is heaven – and it’s a gift from the gracious giver. Heaven is not a matter of how long one was a believer but a matter of repentance and faith in Jesus. Each and every one of us deserves the eternal death penalty, but because of God’s grace he grants eternal life to all who believe! Not only does this inspire our thanks and praise but also our rejoicing for every soul who believes! You’re right it’s not fair – it’s grace!

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for your amazing grace to me and all people. Help me appreciate your grace and share the story of your amazing grace and love through Jesus the Savior of all. Amen.

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