What Jesus Did! 'Reversal!' — Matthew 20:16

Sunday, September 19, 2021

[At the end of his parable about the Kingdom of Heaven being like workers hired at different times during the day, Jesus said,] "So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last."
— Matthew 20:16 NLT

Key Thought


When God settles all the accounts, then things are going to be valued by his standards and not the world's standards. The people whose hearts are yielded to him will be recognized as his children no matter their rank or riches by worldly standards. Those who recognize the grace they have received by being included in God's Kingdom will be given places of honor.

So our goal as disciples is to value things now as God does. Our job as disciples is to keep searching and including the lost, the last, and the least in the Kingdom and not just those who can bring us some benefit.

Remember, God doesn't look at us the way this world does. This world looks at the outward appearance, but God knows our hearts.

Today's Prayer

O Lord God, your grace to me is marvelous. Your promises are thrilling. I can't wait until you send Jesus with power and show things as they should be and reward people based on their character, their hearts, their gratitude for your grace, and their service. To you, be all praise and honor and power and glory, both now and forever. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 John 3:1-3
  • John 5:28-29
  • James 2:1-5


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Illustration of Matthew 20:16 NLT — "So those who are last now will be first then, and those who are first will be last."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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