But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matthew 19:30
One of the things that annoys me on trash day is the sound of trash pickers. My windows are generally open in the early morning hours. At dawn, twice a week, the people who make a living by picking through curbside garbage bags are on the make. Crunching aluminum cans, popping plastic bottles, and sorting through litter, they often disturb my early morning hours.
The above passage is the conclusion of Jesus' remarks to the rich young ruler. Jesus challenged him to give up all of his wealth and give it to the poor. Of course, he did not. And Jesus made that statement in the caption. So how do I know who has greater rank in God's eyes? A well-educated and relatively prosperous American lady doing "good works" in Honduras, or a humble trash picker working in the early hours of the day in order to feed himself and his family?
People who work in church circles can easily assume that they are the special ones, God's inner circle. In reality, God is out in the marketplace, looking for people everybody else tried to ignore, welcoming them on the same terms, surprising them (and everybody else) with his generous grace. The earliest church needed to learn that lesson. Is there anywhere in today' s church that doesn't need to be reminded of it as well? Tom Wright, Matthew for Everyone.
I commented yesterday to a fellow blogger that we live in the now, and the not yet. We see outbreakings of His Kingdom rule and justice, but in reality there is still much in this world that reeks of injustice and poverty. And we need to be mindful that it's not easy to see what's important if we don't use Kingdom values as our viewpoint.
When God's kingdom comes in fullness, there will be a great reversal.