verse 16: “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Verse 16 follows the parable of the workers in the vineyard. The men who were hired early in the day were angry when they saw the latecomers being paid the same wages at the end of the day. This is so typical of human nature, isn’t it? We want what is “fair”. We want to be recognized and compensated just as much as the next guy. But Jesus points out that each of the men made their own arrangements with the vineyard owner. Just like my relationship with God, I cannot measure my own by comparing to another. I need to go to God.
Father God, you are what I seek. I know my relationship with you, and must not compare it to anyone else’s. You are fair and righteous. My life is in your hands. Amen