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Friday, May 5, 2017

Getting Our Money’s Worth

May 5

(Matthew 20:1-16 NIV) ""For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. {2} He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. {3} "About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. {4} He told them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' {5} So they went. "He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. {6} About the eleventh hour he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?' {7} "'Because no one has hired us,' they answered. "He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.' {8} "When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.' {9} "The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. {10} So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. {11} When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. {12} 'These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, 'and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.' {13} "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? {14} Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. {15} 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.""

In God’s economy we all receive the same pay… the same salvation. The Lord “pays” latecomers the same as those who signed on early. Salvation is not about how long we work for the Lord. It’s about whether we go to work for him at all. At times those who have served for a long time may be tempted to grumble about those who signed on late receiving the same pay and benefits. But we should know by now that we do not earn our salvation. It is by grace we are saved. It’s not about how long we have served God -- it’s about being chosen to serve and saying yes. Seniority has no meaning with an eternal God. The bottom line is that the Lord decides who is hired, how long the day will last, what our pay will be, and when payday comes. It’s His farm, His money, and His crop. From time to time, we need to be reminded that we work for Him, not the other way around. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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