“Thank God for His allowances!”TB
It’s arrogant to believe that just because you’ve known Christ for a long time that your wages will be any better than the believers who show up in the last hour. Like the workers in the vineyard, Christ’s generosity supersedes our limited understanding. While the end allowance (salvation) is the same for the last and the first, do not discount the glory of walking with God.
To have walked with God for a long time is a gift in itself, so there is no need to worry or be jealous of new believers. Just like the brother of the prodigal son, if you’ve already known God, then you already have access to His kingdom. That does not change just because someone else got the memo. So instead of letting your pride lead you into foolish arrogance, Thank God for His wages and walk in peace.
Are you enjoying your wages or are you counting someone else’s?
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1 This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. 2 So he complained to the LORD about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD ? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. 3 Just kill me now, LORD ! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.” 4 The LORD replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?” 5 Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 And the LORD God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant. 7 But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away. 8 And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed. 9 Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?” “Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!” 10 Then the LORD said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness, not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”