By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. And he said unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the laborers and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more, and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it they murmured against the goodman of the house. Saying, These last have wrought but one hour and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have born the burden and the heat of the day. But he answered one of them and and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong, didn't thou not agree with me for one penny? Take what thine is and go thy way; I will give unto this last even as unto thee. Is it now lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil because I am good? So the last shall be first and the first shall be last; for many be called but few chosen.
Matthew 20:1-16

Powerful and provoking, this parable paves the way to three concise truths:
1) God is not fair.
None of us receive the fairness and justice we deserve;
 If we did we would all receive an eternity in hell.
We prize our attempts at righteousness even after having received the blood of Christ as our righteousness and struggle with the "lesser" brothers who appear to be getting equal share of the blood.
The oversight of the good works and good ethics committee isn't impressed nor controlled by high achieving proud laborers. Indeed, they have lost sight of the One who pays the wages and secures a provisional blood supply to their own souls.
If you're a latecomer and a new-comer ...
Christ will make you a beautiful Overcomer.
His timing is perfect.
Your footing is made sure at the cross and your identity is sealed there as well.
The hour of your arrival is one to exclaim and proclaim over.
Speak readily about the "unfair" Judge and enjoy your free supply of eternal blood.
2) Man is evil.
Even when man has been given much, he still works to position himself as one deserving of much.
Unless God remains sufficiently at work within a man, he will grow steadily proud, pompous, and self-righteous. He will work to create his own list as the list by which all others must conform and, in the end, his list will be his own indictment.
God speaks candidly to men of religion.
He calls them men possessed of an evil eye.
The "I" will forever be evil.
3) Christ is Judge ...
And He is a merciful One.
Those who attempt to undercut and determine the accounts of others while supplying themselves with a steady "cash-flow" have much more of God to fear than those determined with lesser earning potential.
The righteous Judge and the merciful wage-giver doesn't change accounting practices on account of religious men.
He never has and He never will.
The harshest words in the Bible were spoken to the harshest "judges" of the time;
The Pharisees and those steeped in religious ritual.
Men of religion tend to be men lacking redemptive qualities.
Hmmm ....
At the foot of the cross lies man's freedom,
And the blood of redemption runs freely on all those who believe.
Christ is a most merciful Judge and "goodman" of the household.
The One who makes the first to be last,
And the last to be first.