Last First

1409786484033It’s the ninth month of the year and usually, that signifies the beginning of the end, because after this month, we enter into the final quarter/final lap/final leg of the year. It is not uncommon that most of us, at this time, begin to take stock of all we’ve managed to achieve in the year. We do a mental check (or paper check, for those who keep memos) and tick the projects that have been completed, the prayer requests that have been answered, the feats that have been accomplished for the year, the expectations that have been met, etc. Indeed, for some, there seems to be nothing to take stock of because it feels like all of the things we hoped to have accomplished by the end of the year have maintained status quo and remained just as they were in the beginning – NOTHING’s CHANGED! This could be depressing, if we allow it, but I have news that, “It is not over until God says so and it can’t be over until God does something about that situation of yours!”

Jesus told a very striking parable in Matthew 20:1-16(NLT)…. 1 “For the Kingdom of Heaven is like the landowner who went out early one morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay the normal daily wage[t] and sent them out to work. 3 “At nine o’clock in the morning he was passing through the marketplace and saw some people standing around doing nothing. 4 So he hired them, telling them he would pay them whatever was right at the end of the day. 5 So they went to work in the vineyard. At noon and again at three o’clock he did the same thing. 6 “At five o’clock that afternoon he was in town again and saw some more people standing around. He asked them, ‘Why haven’t you been working today?’ 7 “They replied, ‘Because no one hired us.’ “The landowner told them, ‘Then go out and join the others in my vineyard.’ 8 “That evening he told the foreman to call the workers in and pay them, beginning with the last workers first. 9 When those hired at five o’clock were paid, each received a full day’s wage. 10 When those hired first came to get their pay, they assumed they would receive more. But they, too, were paid a day’s wage. 11 When they received their pay, they protested to the owner, 12 ‘Those people worked only one hour, and yet you’ve paid them just as much as you paid us who worked all day in the scorching heat.’ 13 “He answered one of them, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? 14 Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. 15 Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’ 16 “So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last.

Can you hear God loud and clear in these verses? Yes, so many might have gone ahead. Yes, it might seem like you’re still lurking and loitering around the corridor of unaccomplishment and unanswered prayers…..but I tell you, because the day (year) is not yet over, though it’s already the last working hour (final lap of the year), the Master of the vineyard (God) will locate you and you will not miss out on your portion in Jesus’ name. Notice that with just one hour of labour, those labourers received a FULL DAY’s wage, and interestingly, just the same as those who seemed to have gone far ahead of them.

This season, whatever is on your waiting list shall be accomplished. The God of last minute breakthrough shall meet you on your way and shall pay you in full. This is not the time to give up. This is not the time to lose hope. Don’t think the year is already ended and time far too gone for that thing you’re hoping for. Get your ‘hope gear’ up and be ready with an expectation for an encounter with God. Position yourself in the right place. Set your face like a flint, unyielding to doubt and disbelief. God is just about to step into your path….and because it’s PAY time that starts with the last (verse 8), you are next in line for a miracle!1409785913955

AyotundeElegbeleye 2014 (Originally written for ThyPreciousJewels)

Jesus is LORD!

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