And Then What?

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 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?’

7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

8 “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.’

9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These 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.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Matthew 20:1-16

Some have taken verse 16 to mean that they’ll live their life the way they want and will repent of it all on their deathbed. I suppose technically that’s possible, but no one really knows when their death bed will be. They could be in a car accident and there would be no death bed.

The people who say that, though, are missing the point.

The point of eternal salvation isn’t for “fire insurance,” i.e., rescuing someone from the flames of hell.

No, salvation from Jesus is much more significant than that.

It means we are no longer slaves to sin.
It means we can sleep with a good conscience at night.
It means that we get to have a godly life in Christ here on earth.
It means that we get to tell others about this wonderful life.

If you’re waiting to be on your death bed before you repent, it may be too late.

And then what?

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