In Mt 20:1-16 Jesus gave the parable of workers in God’s vineyard. The parable is talking about proper rendition of service and the accompanying rewards.
Some Christians rate themselves by activity. Some rate themselves by duration in ministry. Some rate themselves by popularity. Some rate themselves by number of followers. God rates His servants by obedience.
People who are born in families and countries with Christian heritage believe that there is a general elevation of such people compared to those born by unbelievers in closed areas, which is not the case. God judges individually and not collectively.
Those who have been Christian for long assume that they will get greater reward than those who have just become Christian or even their converts. It is not always the case because in assessing the relevance of works regard is given to what one was appointed to do and not what one thinks is good to do or what the public applauds to be good.
John the Baptist died at the age of thirty years. He was in ministry for a few years. Moses died at the age of one hundred and twenty years. He was in ministry for forty years. John the Baptist performed no miracle. Moses performed many breathtaking miracles.
This is what Jesus said: “For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” (Lk 7:28).
Can you imagine that! The least saint in the kingdom is greater than all the Old Testament patriarchs including Abraham, Moses and John the Baptist. Even among New Covenant saints the basis for reward is not activity but obedience.
There are many servants of God largely unknown to the world who will sit very close to Jesus in heaven by reason of being faithful to their calling. If you are called to be an evangelist but you decide to be a pastor and build the largest auditorium in the world, you may be shocked to see the effort burnt by fire at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Therefore, whatever you are called to do, do it with diligence.
God’s expectation from His servants especially in this end-time period is to be watchful over needful things, ready for Christ’s second coming faithful in the area of call and fruitful in soul-winning. There are many things to watch over especially personal relationship with the Lord. Readiness is key to participation in the rapture of the ekklesia.
Many are called into the Lord’s vineyard with differing assignments and timing but only those who are faithful to their specific assignment will be rewarded by the Lord. The key is to know what you are called to do and doing it without reference to what other people are doing. Comparing oneself to others is the sin of the flesh, which is pride. God hates it. Be yourself. At the Judgment Seat of Christ everyone will stand alone.
Some people think they can impress God by giving Him things like money. Mankind has absolutely nothing to give to God. Otherwise, there would have been no need for God to incarnate in Jesus Christ. God is self-sufficient.
Those who are expecting more than they deserve by reason of activity will cry profusely in heaven. “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Lk 10:1-20)
What you are expected to do on earth was written in your Hypostatic Chip. Ascertain what it is and do it. Don’t allow ‘church’ or human organizations to deceive you into following weird doctrines rather than the Holy Spirit.
The way this end time church is organized and run can derail pilgrims who desire to serve and be faithful to the Lord. Being a worker in a denominational church can be a distraction unless what you are doing there is written in your Hypostatic Chip, which is doubtful because the church of men is not the same as the church the Holy Spirit inaugurated and is running.
Follow your destiny “for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Jesus said: “I come quickly and my reward is with me.” There are five crowns to be won at the Bema, the Judgment Seat of Christ. Do not miss what belongs to you.