6/12/2005 ~ The Last Will Be First, and the First Last

                            Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. <─┐
"So the last will be first, and the first last. ..." ~ Matthew 20:16

The last first and the first last?
This can seem opposite to common sense.

Contradiction = Direct opposition between things compared

Clearly though:
If you put God first, you put the cares of the world last.
If you put the cares of the world first, you put God last.

... who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
~ Galatians 5:19-24

Do you have fruits of the spirit or works of the flesh?

... haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, ... ~ Romans 1:29-32
                   └─> Do not let these happen to you if you want a spiritual life.

... the foolishness of God is wiser than men, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 1:18-25

God's ways are much greater than man's.

"... But many who are first will be last, and the last first." ~ Matthew 19:27-30

Those who suffer in the name of Jesus may be last in the material
possessions of this world, but first in the spiritual rewards of the next.

... "If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all."
~ Mark 9:33-35

But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. ...
~ Matthew 23:11-12

"... he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger,
and he who governs as he who serves. ... ~ Luke 22:24-27

... whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all." ~ Mark 10:43-44

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, ..."
~ Mark 10:45

┌─> All Christians should work on this.                               
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
~ James 4:10

How we become first in Godís eyes is to put material importance last.

... Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
~ Colossians 3:1-2

... conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
~ Romans 12:1-2

We need to put God first.
We need to be a living sacrifice.

We need to be spiritually minded and set a spiritual example.

... but be an example to the believers in the word, ... ~ 1st Timothy 4:12
└─> If we focus enough on this, evil wonít have a place or time in us.

"... there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last."
~ Luke 13:22-30

Every one must choose what is first, and what is last in this life.

"... But many who are first will be last, and the last first." ~ Mark 10:29-31

Spirituality Worldliness Life
Worldliness Spirituality Death

... My reward is with Me, to give every one according to his work. ...
~ Revelation 22:12-15

God will judge what we have put first and His word will be last.

"... and as for your works, the last are more than the first." ~ Revelation 2:19

The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. ~ 1st Corinthians 15:26

... seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, ... ~ Matthew 6:33

We love Him because He first loved us. ~ 1st John 4:19

Heaven is for those
that put the things of the world away
and love God Almighty with their all in faith.

Do your best to please Him
and your eternal reward will be more than great.






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