than anyone else? Jesus died for me as much as he died for you, or for someone else, including Adolph Hitler, Stalin, Saddam or Osama, or you could fill in the blank with anyone’s name.
People don’t go to hell because of an accumulation of bad deeds. If Adolph Hitler winds up in hell it wont be because he killed 6,000,000 Jews and plunged the world into a bloody war that last over half a decade. If he winds up in hell, it will be because he refused God’s gracious gift of salvation.
Look at the men crucified with Jesus. They were both horrible men. They were rotten to the core. They probably never had done anything right. They were probably in and out of jail. The only difference between the two is that one believed that Jesus could save his soul. The other did not.
Heaven isn’t the reward for long years of service, like a gold watch is on retirement after 30 years of service to the company. Hell isn’t the reward for a lifetime of bad deeds. Heaven is the reward for believing that Jesus can save your soul by his grace despite what you’ve done. Hell is the reward for not believing that Jesus can save your soul by his grace in spite of all the old ladies you help across the street or whatever good deeds you’ve done.
The workers in the field were paid because they showed up to work, not for how long they had worked. Those who didn’t to work got nothing.
It doesn’t matter how long you follow Jesus. All that matters is that you follow him. Where are you?