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Good morning brothers and sisters. I was reading another parable this morning and it hit me kind of different. I guess because of the recent death in our family. It hit different. But it is a good hard lesson for us that have been truly following Christ for a long time. And it does kind of explain the thief on the cross. I never thought of this but this morning I did. Let's take a look. Matthew 20:1-16. 1- 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 ninth hour, and did likewise. 6- And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, 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.' 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. Now I didn't stop in the middle of that because the whole thing needed to be read first. Sometimes, we complain because some have been truly following Jesus their whole lives and then one comes and they see the same blessings and grace and mercy as they are getting. They then allow pride to swell up in their hearts because they think they should be first because they have been living for Jesus longer and they think they know more. Be careful of this kind of thinking. Go back and read the very first verse. No matter when you receive Jesus, either on your deathbed or when you were a child, you receive the same. Jesus wants all, no favoritism. When you receive Him, you receive all the things that He has to offer. We should rejoice no matter when one comes to Christ. That is one soul that the enemy has lost. Maybe they don't have to put in the work that you did, that is not what their journey is about. That is not what your journey is about. They could not handle what God has called on you. And you could not handle their life. Stay focused on Christ and we all will rejoice when one comes home. Repent, refresh, revive. Rise up child of God, rise up!

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