The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard is one that startles centuries after Jesus told it. Those who worked in the vineyard only part of the day, perhaps just one hour, get paid as much as those who labored the whole day long.
The parable, however, is not so much about the workers as it is about the owner of the vineyard. The owner paid all the workers everything they had agreed upon. But in his generosity, he paid many of them more than was required.
In the same way, God is more than just; he is merciful. In his mercy and generosity, he gives all who turn to him eternal life in heaven, both to those who serve him all their lives and those who respond to him a short time before death.
Our response to this merciful and generous God should be one of thankfulness and a commitment to offer him a portion of the time, talent, and treasure he has entrusted to us.