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Young People RISE UP; It's Your Time To Shine!!

Young People RISE UP; It's Your Time To Shine

Matthew 20:1-16 - For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers 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 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 even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, 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 borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 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.

This parable when compared to those I’ve discussed already seems quite unorthodox. In it, the Kingdom of God can be perceived as an unfair system. The people who worked the longest and hardest in the vineyard were offered the same wages as those who joined at the last minute. As a result, there appeared to be no particular attention paid to seniority. In our finite human minds we just won’t get it but if we stop long enough to listen to what Jesus really said we’ll learn something quite profound.

The first thing the householder said when his compensation package was questioned by one of the “senior” workers was that he did no wrong because he stuck with the agreement. The second thing he said was that he was free to do whatever he wanted with his money. The third thing he said was that his goodwill to the last batch of workers should never have been considered as evil. Jesus then summed it all up by saying that in the same way, the day will come when the last shall be first and the first last because many are called by few are chosen. When I read some of these quotations of Jesus I am in awe of the simultaneous complexity and simplicity of His teaching style. Anyway, let’s get to the explanation.

God is the householder. The Body of Christ makes up the team of laborers. Even though God respects faithfulness it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been “working in the vineyard.” He is no respecter of persons. For some reason, as I write this, I can sense the Holy Spirit leading me in a particular direction with my explanation. In the last days, according to Joel 2:28 and Acts 2:17, God will pour out the Holy Spirit upon all flesh and there will be a major prophetic movement among the young people. It won’t matter how long they’ve been saved or how much ministry experience they have. It will only matter to God that they’re willing to do His work. If they are, then the same anointing that the older, more mature Christians operate in will be made available to the teens and young adults.

It doesn’t make complete sense to some people but to God it’s the most cunning strategy to bring this era of civilization to a close. In Matthew 11:25, Jesus thanked God for hiding certain key facets of His wisdom from those considered wise and prudent while revealing them to those who operate in childlike faith. It goes against all logic and defies even the common sense of intelligent human beings. Regardless, God never intended to share His glory with any man.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 1:27 that God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. So His decision to treat young Christians with the same respect as their older counterparts fits right into that scenario. Many are called, but only those who respond can be chosen. In addition, as long as there is time, whenever people respond to the Call of God, they’ll be put to work in His Kingdom and rewarded just like the rest of the faithful.

I’ve seen people get saved and enter new assemblies ready and willing to serve. Many times, they come in at the bottom but due to their enthusiasm, climb the ladder quickly. That makes others in the assembly uncomfortable because they cannot believe that someone can walk away from sin and instantly be capable of being a major asset in the ministry. Maybe they can; maybe they can’t.

However, according to this parable, God responds to a willing heart and will give every man a chance to serve in the Kingdom. As a result, in the last days, many talented secular people will switch their allegiances to God and should be welcomed with open arms by all of us. Maybe we’re not confident in their character traits but at least we should give them a chance to prove themselves.

In sum, as I write, this is what I see in the words of Jesus contained in this parable. He welcomes young Christians, naturally or spiritually, with open arms and is willing to put them to work as long as they are ready. He’ll reward them with His Holy Spirit and they will be able to operate in the same anointing as the elders of The Church. The Saints Movement, which will make a major impact in The Church, will be led by the youth. Paul told Timothy in the book of 1 Timothy 4:12 to refuse to allow anyone to despise his youth but be an example in his speech, lifestyle, love, faith and purity. So if you’re under the age of forty, I say the same to you.

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