MATTHEW 20:16 So those who (now) are last will be first (then), and those who now are first will be last (then). For many are called, but few chosen. Amp.
Servant -d) a person employed by another, or devoted to another.
Jesus gives a parable of the owner of an estate who went out and hired workmen for his vineyard. He hired some at the beginning of the day, and others throughout the day. Those he hired at the end of the day, worked less hours and made the same wage. The men hired at the beginning of the day grumbled. But he told them they got what they agreed for.
However, I do not believe that is what this chapter is all about. He says, “For many are called, but few chosen.” He goes on to answer the mother of Zebedee’s children, James’ and John’s request to allow them to sit at His side in His kingdom.
He answers them, “Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized? (21-23)
He goes on to say in verse 26, “but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant.” The owner of the vineyard hired those at the last and chose to pay them more than they actually earned. Why?
Those hired at the end could have easily given up and gone home. It is always harder to wait than it is to work. What does this have to do with the Kingdom of God?
Jesus asks if they are able to suffer with Him. Part of our duty as a Christian is to suffer for the Kingdom of God. It is easy to go to Church and take part in different ministries. It is even very rewarding and gratifying. But Jesus’ most wonderful and valuable work He did was on the cross and those hours leading up to it. That was His main purpose in coming to the earth.
Paul was a wonderful preacher and wrote so many valuable words for us to live by. But he also was noted for his great suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-30, Paul tells about his many beatings, being stoned, imprisoned, shipwrecks, perils, toil and hardship. He goes on to say, “if he must boast, he will boast about his weakness.”
Romans 8:17, “And if we are His children, then we are His heirs also; heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ – sharing His inheritance with Him; only we must share His suffering if we are to share His glory.” Amp.
Those who are last are the sufferers, who are waiting for the Bridegroom to come and with that comes suffering. They are waiting to be called for the last harvest and then comes the end. They will rule and reign with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! That says it all!