Sincere and Pure Devotion to Christ

For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  Now, when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard…Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. “So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.’ And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them and said,…I wish to give to this last man the same as to you
(Matthew 20: 2-14—The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard).

I bless you to focus on the job God gave YOU to do.  It does not matter HOW BIG or HOW IMPORTANT your job is compared to those of others.  It does not matter HOW LONG you have been doing the job God gave you compared to those of others.  All that matters is that you DO the job God gave you to do and that YOU DO IT FOR HIM.

God wants you to know that He will give you a complete reward for the job He gave you to do.  You will be paid according to what was expected of YOU.  The success of your job is not measured by comparing it to those of others.  It is not a matter of ratio…correlation…comparative size or extent. It is merely a matter of obedience.

(2 Corinthians 11:3).

How do you perceive the job God called YOU to do in His vineyard? Do you feel that your job is inferior to those of the other workers who have been laboring for so much longer and done so much more than you?

I bless you to know that, to God, each job He gives stands alone.  It is complete…self-contained…whole.  It is not judged on the principles of comparison. It is merely judged on the principles of obedience. Therefore, focus on the job God gave YOU, and DO IT IN SINCERE AND PURE DEVOTION TO CHRIST. Then, you will receive your entire reward, whether you were first or last, whether your job was long or short, whether your job was big or small.

PRAYER: Lord God, thank you for the job You gave me to do in Your vineyard. Thank you for the part I play in Your Purpose…in Your Plan…in Your Projects. Help me to understand that You do not judge my work in relation to other workers, but that You only judge my work in relation to how well I am willing to obey Your instructions, in Your Presence.

Maintain an Awareness

This must be the hardest of all lessons to learn: to keep our eyes on the Eternal God during difficult circumstances, and trust that His everlasting arms are underneath us, holding us and keeping us safe.

The Two Counsels

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