Friday, September 21, 2007

God’s wage – more than we deserve.

Read the parable of the workers in the vineyard – Matthew 20:1-16. Notice that all received the same wage and that the wage was fair. I propose that the wage was more than any of them deserved or really earned. The landowner was generous to all – even to the ones who worked all day.

Have you given your life to Christ? Then rejoice because you are now serving and living in the kingdom of God. You are in the vineyard and in the employ of the ultimate landowner. You are living and working for God himself and in his company. Your time in his employ is not in vain. Did you come to Christ at a young age? That is wonderful because you have come to Christ and your life’s service is for the kingdom. Don’t ever regret your time working in the vineyard serving the landowner. Don’t grumble because you have worked in the vineyard longer than others and therefore think you deserve, or have earned, more than others. Remember, it is only by God’s grace that you are in the vineyard and his wage is much more than any of us deserve – no matter how long or hard we work.

Notice that the workers who started in the morning did not quit at lunchtime because it got to hard. No, they worked until the workday was complete. So, don’t use God’s grace and generosity as an excuse for slacking off, taking a long break, or walking off the jobsite early. If we do not walk off the jobsite and out of the vineyard, we will get the ultimate wage – eternal life in the presence and service of the King of Kings.

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