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Willing to Work


Matthew 20:1-16

Verse 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, “Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?”

So far we have talked about the morning shift and the afternoon shift. Today we will look at the last crew of the day.

With the Jewish day being sunset to sunset the workers who were hired at 5:00 pm would have had a short day. We have to commend these men for still being there hoping for work. How often would we have given up, thinking it wasn’t worth it anymore? Maybe they were that desperate for a meal. It would have been degrading to have been passed over time and again by potential employers. Kind of like a kid on the playground being picked last for a team.

This time the landowner asks why they are still standing there. When they say that it was because no one had hired them, he hires them all for the remaining hour or so of the work day. Now these workers would not still be there if they had looked most fit for the job. To be brutally honest these were the rejects. These were people who no one wanted. The people that were thought to be of no use.

Seniors and terminally ill people can have those same feelings. We feel like we no longer have worth in the world. Of what use can we be when we are weak and unable to do all the things that others can do? It is hard to believe that we can be of use to anyone let alone to be in service of God. But if He has called us to service at this late hour in our life, He still has work for us to do.

A perfect example of this is the thief on the cross. He knew his time was up. He was not getting off his cross alive and yet he speaks the truth about his sin and Jesus says he will be with Him in paradise that very day (Luke 23:40-42). Talk about end of life conversion! But how did he confess his sin? He spoke up to defend Jesus and said that he and the other man deserved death but Jesus didn’t. He took his last breath and spoke for Jesus. Never think people are too far gone to introduce them to Jesus.

Making It Personal

Have you ever felt like someone was too old to tell about Jesus? Do you think some people are too far gone to tell about Jesus? Who is someone that you know that needs to hear about Jesus?

Making It Personal Kids

What would you tell someone about Jesus? Have you ever told someone about Jesus? Who could you tell about Him today?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for never giving up on those You have chosen. Please help us be willing to accept those who have come to You near the end of life. May we see them as You see them and speak truth into their lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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