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, 12saying, ‘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.”
Having been raised in church since a child, I have attended all sorts of different congregations, from hardcore Holy of Holies, chandelier swinging Pentecostal, Word Of Faith and a mixture of many others. Out of all of those years, what do you think I have learned the most? Did you guess? Probably not. Well, let me tell you; I learned about myself. “But I thought church was meant to teach us about Jesus and His Finished Work”, exactly. Yet the opposite was taught, revealing my sins and shortcomings on a day to day basis. Although it was not all that was taught, it surely was the back bone.
Today I believe the church has changed for the better, in showing more of the love of God to many, but there is still something very familiar. What is it you may ask; it is the stench of flesh, or biblically speaking, self-righteous dead works.
In my journey so far, the Lord has opened my eyes to the TRUTH of the Gospel, which is the amazing beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ! Of course this is not a new Gospel, but the original, the Gospel Of Christ! Here in this blog I will be sharing the love and beauty of our Jesus, and what His Finished Work has done. As this was foreign to me most of my life (even though being raised in the church), it might be foreign to you as well, but I believe that our Jesus will remove the scales from our eyes and reveal His heart to us on our journey. May the Lord unite us as one body through His Grace!