THE GREAT SERVANT

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MATTHEW 18:1-5**AT THE SAME TIME CAME THE DISCIPLES UNTO JESUS, SAYING. WHO IS THE GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN? AND JESUS CALLED A LITTLE CHILD UNTO HIM, AND SET HIM IN THE MIDST OF THEM, AND SAID, VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU EXCEPT YE BE CONVERTED, AND BECOME AS LITTLE CHILDREN YE SHALL NOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. **LITTLE CHILDREN ARE INNOCENT AND HAVE GENTLE, LOVING HEARTS, GODíS JUDGMENT ON THOSE WHO ABUSE THESE DEFENSELESS AND VULNERABLE HEARTS IS SO SEVERE THAT IT IS WISE TO RESORT EVEN TO EXTREME MEASURES TO AVOID INFLICTING SUCH HARM. SADLY, MOST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TODAY, NOT ONLY ABUSE LITTLE CHILDREN BUT TEACH THEM HOW TO ABUSE OTHERS SO THE LITTLE ONES BECOME LIKE THEM. IN PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11, PAUL REMINDED US THAT WE ARE TO IMITATE THE HUMILITY OF CHRIST IN HAVING LOVE, TENDERNESS AND COMPASSION. DONíT BE LIKE THE REST OF THE WORLD IN DEMANDING AND CLINGING TO OUR RIGHTS.

MATTHEW 10:21-22**AND THE BROTHER SHALL DELIVER UP THE BROTHER TO DEATH AND THE FATHER THE CHILD: AND THE CHILDREN SHALL RISE UP AGAINST THEIR PARENTS, AND CAUSE THEM TO BE PUT TO DEATH. AND YE SHALL BE HATED OF ALL MEN FOR MY NAMEíS SAKE: BUT HE THAT ENDURES TO THE END SHALL BE SAVED.**AS THE END OF THIS WORLD RAPIDLY DRAWS TO A CLOSE, MORE THAN 20 MILLION DOCUMENTED MARTYRED CHRISTIANS HAVE DIED IN SOVIET PRISON CAMPS FROM 1921-1980, 1 MILLION IN 1939 (NAZI GERMANY), 4 MILLION IN 1214 BY GENGHIS KAHN (SOURCE: BARRETT AND JOHNSON ). OTHER SERIOUS SITUATIONS IN SUCH PLACES AS SUDAN, CHINA AND NORTH KOREA CURRENTLY EXIST AND FIGURES CANNOT BE CALCULATED.

MATTHEW 20:1-7**FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS LIKE UNTO A MAN THAT IS AN HOUSEHOLDER, WHICH WENT OUT EARLY IN THE MORNING TO HIRE LABORERS INTO HIS VINEYARD. AND WHEN HE HAD AGREED WITH THE LABORERS FOR A PENNY (GREEK, DENARIUS) A DAY, HE SENT THEM INTO HIS VINEYARD. AND HE WENT OUT ABOUT THE THIRD HOUR, AND SAW OTHERS STANDING IDLE IN THE MARKETPLACE. AND SAID UNTO THEM; GO YE ALSO INTO THE VINEYARD, AND WHATSOEVER IS RIGHT I WILL GIVE YOU, AND THEY WENT THEIR WAY. AND AGAIN HE WENT OUT ABOUT THE SIXTH AND NINTH HOUR, AND DID LIKEWISE. AND ABOUT THE ELEVENTH HOUR HE WENT OUT, AND FOUND OTHERS STANDING IDLE, AND SAITH UNTO THEM, WHY STAND YE HERE ALL THE DAY IDLE? THEY SAY UNTO HIM, BECAUSE NO MAN HATH HIRED US. HE SAITH UNTO THEM, GO YE ALSO INTO THE VINEYARD; AND WHATSOEVER IS RIGHT, THAT SHALL YE RECEIVE.** THE LORD OF THE VINEYARD INSTRUCTED HIS FOREMAN TO PAY EACH MAN EQUAL PAY AS CONTRACTED (A DENARIUS) BEGINNING FIRST WITH THE LAST WORKERS THAT WORKED ONLY ONE HOUR. WHEN THE LAST 12 HOUR WORKERS RECEIVED THEIR PAY, THEY GRUMBLED, THINKING THEY WERE WORTH MORE SINCE THEY WORKED LONGEST AND HARDEST IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY. VERSE 16**SO THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST, AND THE FIRST LAST: FOR MANY BE CALLED, BUT FEW CHOSEN. ** WHEN JESUS CHRIST, LORD OF HIS VINEYARD CONTRACTED US TO WORK FOR HIM AND OUR PAYMENT IS HIS PROMISE OF ETERNAL LIFE FOR THOSE THAT HUMBLE OURSELVES TO BELIEVE, TRUST AND LABOR WITH LOVE, GENTLENESS AND COMPASSION AS A LITTLE CHILD. HAVE YOU BEEN REBORN TODAY? WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE FEW CHOSEN?

WHAT GREATER REWARD OF A FREE GIFT THAT BRINGS JOY, PEACE, AND HEALTH THAT COMES WITH EVERLASTING LIFE!