Heavenly Paydays

September 22, 2019
Matthew 19:27-20:16 Your Ultimate Payday – Heavenly Rewards by Dr. Mark Hitchcock
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Matthew 19:27-30 NASB
27 Then** Peter said to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You; what then will there be for us?28 And Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration (when the world, the earth, is reborn) when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Acts 1 – appointing a successor for Judas) 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life. (We will inherit a spiritual family) 30 But many who are first will be last; and the last, first.

**Jesus had just told the story of the rich young ruler. “Sell everything you own and follow me.” Trust in Jesus for your treasure… don’t bargain with Jesus.

Principles of God’s payroll program:

Matthew 20:1-16 NASB
1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning (6am) to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius for the day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And he went out about the third hour (9am) and saw others standing idle in the market place; 4 and to those he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ And so they went. 5 Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did the same thing. 6 And about the eleventh hour (5pm – typical workday was 6am-6pm, sunrise to sunset) he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why have you been standing here idle all day long?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last group to the first.’ 9 When those hired about the eleventh hour came, each one received a denarius. 10 When those hired first came, they thought that they would receive more; but each of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they grumbled at the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the scorching heat of the day.’ 13 But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. 15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye envious because I am generous?’ 16 So the last shall be first, and the first last.”

Not quality or quantity, or salvation. Length of service doesn’t determine the reward. (Joel 2 the LORD restores the years the locusts have eaten.) I have had the opportunity to serve God all my life, but I haven’t done it. Position / status doesn’t determine rewards. God is Sovereign in giving rewards. He owns the vineyard. He chose being us in to the vineyard. We grow accustomed to Grace…. it is NOT an entitlement, it is not earned. God is generous and gracious with His rewards. Beware of watching and comparing to other people.

Jesus said to Peter about John “If I want him to live until I come back, what is it to you?

V.10 Beware of overconfidence. We need to be humble when it comes to the gifts God gives us. We don’t make deals or bargain with God. He will do much more for us if we leave it up to Him. Trust Him.

When I die, I shall then have my greatest grief and my greatest joy; my greatest grief, that I have done so little for Jesus, and my greatest joy, that Jesus has done so much for me.

William Grimshaw, part of the evangelical movement in England in the mid-1700s. He is considered by the Methodist faith as one of the founding fathers of that denomination.

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