August. 24,2017 “Measuring our faith”
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.  2 He agreed to pay them a denarius a for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you.  Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’  16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last .”
1) God is consistently just and abundantly gracious..
17 Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them,  “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death  and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”
23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”
2) We will share in the sufferings of our savior.
26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—  28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
3) Our effort should be in kingdom greatness not earthly greatness.
30 Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they shouted, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”  The crowd rebuked them and told them to be quiet, but they shouted all the louder, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”  Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  “Lord,” they answered, “we want our sight.”
4 The greatest in the kingdom will stoop to serve the least.