The First Shall Be Last by Tina Johndrow

Tina Johndrow
Tina Johndrow

The first shall be last and the last shall be first. Matthew 20:1-16

I was pondering how that applies to my life. I have often (3 times that I can remember) been one of the last ones in the room to be prophesied over. The one that sticks in my mind is with Kathleen Verna many years ago. The meeting had come to an end and she had ministered for a very long time. I wasn’t disappointed that I didn’t get a word. Relieved actually. Back then, prophetic people scared me. Interesting that I am married to a prophet! Anyway, when she began to speak and sing over me, I was not afraid. I had peace. And the words she spoke resonated within me.Back to Matthew 20:16…..many who have labored in the vineyard for years have seen much come and go in terms of movements and such. But as I pondered the grace in which the landowner handled the situation, I thought about being the last one in the room. Could it be that He extends much grace to someone I believe has not “earned” it? Me being that person? I have been a lover of Jesus for 26 years and 9 months. But it feels like just yesterday that I first sensed His love for me. I still think of myself as the last person He would search out and use to labor in His kingdom. Hmmmm…….

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning 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 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 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.”

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