November 21, 2021

First to Last

Passage: Matthew 19:16-20:16

God is constantly turning things upside down including us. The rich young ruler goes away sorrowful because he doesn’t want to give away his possessions, which causes the disciples to ask in despair, “Who then can be saved?”. But Jesus answers that with God, all things are possible, and everyone who has left homes for His sake will receive a hundredfold and inherit eternal life. Many who are first will be last, and the last first. The disciples have left everything to follow Jesus, so they’re good, right? They may have thought so until hearing the parable of the workers in the vineyard. This is usually read as a separate story, but it’s also about wealth and drives to the same conclusion in reverse order: last/first, first/last. God is the “good” one who does right with what is His. He is good all the time, especially when He appears to be doing more for others than for us.

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