Many Are Called…

Matthew 20:16
“For many are called, but few chosen.”

2015/01/img_1355.jpgThis verse is the conclusion of a parable Jesus spoke regarding God’s reward system. All those who responded to the offer of the vineyard owner received the same wage, whether they worked for a few hours or for the entire day. What a beautiful picture of God’s grace. Heaven is the great reward of all who respond to the call of God. Young Timothy and the thief hanging next to Jesus were both recipients of God’s manifold grace, both will forever live under the banner of King Jesus, walk the streets of gold, and experience the glories of living in glory.

That being said, I am struck by the condition of those who responded to the vineyard owners call. We read, they were “standing idle.” The word idle means to be free from work. We use the word to speak of a car that is sitting at a stop sign; the motor is running, but the car is going nowhere. It is not being used to its fullest potential or to accomplish what it was designed for. The person who responds to Christ in the eleventh hour will receive freely the gifts of eternity, but will have lived life idly, not fulfilling the purposes for which God designed them.

What about you? Are you living life for the glory of God? Are you storing up treasures in heaven, by living life to please King Jesus?

Take a moment to get today’s marching orders from the Lord.

Pastor Jim

 

4 thoughts on “Many Are Called…

  1. joseph4188 January 20, 2017 / 7:30 am

    This commentary has left me confused. One the one hand I have been told that there is nothing I can do on earth to gain entry into heaven because Jesus paid it all and it is already there waiting for me. This I believe, because as long as one believes and follows Jesus, one is saved. But this passage comment talks about “storing up treasures in heaven by living life to please King Jesus”. How can this be if we are already saved and heaven is just being in the Lord’s presence? Nothing can be more satisfying to our souls than to be in His presence. Or so I am led to believe. I am confused. Pleas explain further.

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    • pjimgallagher January 20, 2017 / 7:59 am

      The Bible speaks of two completely separate judgments. The first is commonly referred to as the “Great White Throne Judgment” where a person will stand before God and be judged for their sin. According to Revelation 20:11-15 those who have received Christ will be excused from this judgment because their sins have. Even washed away and their names are in the book of life. It is through the cross that we have been redeemed, forgiven and given the free gift of salvation. The Bible speaks of a second judgment. This one is commonly referred to as the “Bema Seat.” This judgment, according to 2Cor 5 is designed for the believer and will be a place where rewards are given on top of the free gift of salvation. Paul wrote, 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” Today we use the same word “judge” to speak of a person who resides over a criminal case who will give forth a sentence and of a person who watches over a sporting event and will give forth a prize. At the “Great White Throne Judgment” God will be a judge who gives out a sentence to those who have refused to believe in Christ. At the “Bema Seat” God will act as a judge who gives rewards to His children for every act of service they have committed. This should be seen as a further act of God’s grace who not only gives us eternal life but also wants to lavish us with rewards for every time we have resisted sin, served Him or done something kind to others.

      Hope this helps,

      Jim

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      • joseph4188 January 20, 2017 / 8:55 am

        It does. Great explanation. Much clearer now. Thanks and blessings.

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