By Dave Miller
So you signed up to see a church planting movement. You are not seeing any movement….
For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with the workers on one denarius, he sent them into his vineyard for the day. When he went out about nine in the morning, he saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He said to them, "You also go into my vineyard, and I’ll give you whatever is right." So off they went. About noon and about three, he went out again and did the same thing. Then about five he went and found others standing around and said to them, "Why have you been standing here all day doing nothing?"
“Because no one hired us," they said to him.
“You also go into my vineyard," he told them. When evening came, the owner of the vineyard told his foreman, "Call the workers and give them their pay, starting with the last and ending with the first."
When those who were hired about five came, they each received one denarius. So when the first ones came, they assumed they would get more, but they also received a denarius each. When they received it, they began to complain to the landowner: "These last men put in one hour, and you made them equal to us who bore the burden of the day’s work and the burning heat."
He replied to one of them, "Friend, I’m doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me on a denarius? Take what’s yours and go. I want to give this last man the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what is mine? Are you jealous because I’m generous?"
So the last will be first, and the first last (Matthew 20:1-16).
Labor in the vineyard whether you started at 6 am or you are just getting started at 5 pm. Take joy when asked to bear the burden. "Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:8-9).
“Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you" (Psalms 39:7).
Until there's #NoPlaceLeft...