The First Are Last and the Last Are First

A Truth to Live – Our natural desire is to be first. We want to be first in line, first to finish, and first among our peers. But clearly this is not the way of Jesus’ Kingdom.  If I want to finish first in the view of eternity then I must choose to be last and defer to others ahead of myself.

Scripture – “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men in his vineyard. He agreed to pay a day’s wage and sent them out. About the third hour, the sixth and the ninth hour he hired others and promised them a day’s wage.  When evening came he said, call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first. So the last will be first and the first shall be last.”  

Matthew 20:1-16

Prayer – Master, I will no longer seek to be first.  Today I am choosing the way of Your Kingdom – seeking to do my best but to not insist that I am rewarded for a job well done.  Help me to prefer others to get the credit above myself and in doing so put You first. In Jesus’ name, Amen.