"Chosen… for what?"
In the days of my early childhood there were a few years when my brother and I were in the same elementary school.  He was three years older, and was certainly bigger and more athletic than I.  We would always arrive at school early and would, on pretty mornings, join a group of other boys on the playground for a pick-up game of softball.  The morning would start by two of the bigger boys picking their teams.  As the little brother who was just tagging along, I was usually one of the last to be picked.  I always wondered how it would feel to be picked first.  To be one of those who was really wanted.
I guess that’s one of the things I like about the story Jesus told in Matthew 20.  The story is about a land owner who needed workers to harvest his crop.  Early in the morning he goes to the area where workers gathered.  He selects several workers and offers them jobs in his vineyard.  Three hours later he returns, looking for more help.  At noon he is back again… as he is at 3:00 and at 5:00.  At the end of the day he pays them all the same amount.  The “all day” workers protest (which is a sermon for another time).
What I’d like to focus on now are those “end of day” workers.  You know the type: the least skilled, the least employable, and the least desirable.  They were the ones that all the other land owners rejected.  Were they selected because this land owner was desperate? 
Not at all!  If he really didn’t want them, he could have gotten them to work for a smaller wage.  If they were worthless workers, he could have saved himself a lot of money.  He paid them full wage because he saw something of value in them.
And that’s where we see ourselves in this story.  We are the 5:00 workers; last chosen and least appreciated by the world.  Why would the God of the universe ever pick us?  Does He need our education and our skills?  The God who is above all wisdom… the God who spoke the universe into existence can probably get by without our two cents worth.
Maybe He needs our determination?  I’m sure He appreciates our fortitude, but let’s not get too high and mighty.
Maybe God needs our wealth?  Really….
So what is it about us that would cause God to come searching for us?  Why would He offer us full wages since we are among those who are last chosen?
What He sees… what He wants most is to demonstrate His love for you, and to enjoy your love for Him.  That’s what He wants from you, and that’s all He’s ever wanted.  Whether you’ve been a believer all your life, or have come to know Him at the 5:00 hour I hope you will embrace the knowledge that our God loves you, and has called you to come join Him in His vineyard.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.             1 John 4:10 (KJV)



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