"Grace For Senior Citizens"
By Harold Stoddard
"Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with
mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?" Matthew 20:15
If you will read Matthew 20:1-16, you will get more from
this article than you otherwise will. The story briefly is this:
A man went out early in the day to hire labourers to work in his vineyard.
He promised those labourers a penny a day (a day's wages). The third
hour of the day he went out and hired others, promising to pay them
whatever was right. The sixth hour, he did the same, and again on the
eleventh hour. At the end of the day he paid each man a penny, as promised
to the first ones. Those hired earlier and who had worked all day were
not satisfied even though they received what was promised. They didn't
like for those who had worked less to receive the same as they did.
Such is the selfishness of man.
However, as the owner said, "Is it not 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 last" for many be called, but few
chosen." Matthew 20:15,16.
We might tend to criticize -- give our opinion, etc. However, for the
present, I'd like to point out what is the most important theme in this
story -- the Grace of Almighty God is here revealed.
Although you may be of the older generation -- past 40 -- and have neglected
the claims of God on your life as other things have claimed your attention
until now -- raising the kids -- trying to be a financial success --
sports, etc., etc. etc. -- now here you are, whether a success or failure,
you have neglected the claims of Christ on your life; but there is still
time, although no future time is promised -- "(For he saith, I
have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have
I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the
day of salvation)." II Corinthians 6:2.
As the owner of the vineyard paid the late workers the same as those
who had worked all day, so you may be rewarded even as those who have
spent their entire lifetime in faithful service, for God does not measure
the hours and days as men do, but He measures the Faithfulness of the
Heart -- "...for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh
on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart."
I Samuel 16:7. And any servant of the Lord must be faithful for God
says, "moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found
faithful." I Corinthians 4:2.
It is far better to be saved when you are young, that your life on earth
be not wasted, but the Grace of God is such that He desires to save
your soul even though you have neglected it for so long. Thus you need
not despair even though you have strayed for many years. Pay attention
to the Word of God today, and come to Jesus Christ --led by the Word
and the Spirit of God you will not be turned away for He has promised,
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh
to me I will in no wise cast out." John 6:37.
To continue to neglect your soul's need may well lead to total disaster
because That which you put off until another day will likely never be
done. So come, in simple childlike faith, to Jesus Christ today. He
has promised that He will not turn you away. Jesus said of Himself,
"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the
Father but by Me." John 14:6. There is no other way, for there
is one God and one Mediator between God and man the Man Christ Jesus
-- I Timothy 2:5.
The greatest characteristic of Almighty God is His love -- for you --
for God is Love, and His Grace reaches out to every sinner, for "He
is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance"
-- II Peter 3:9.