Working for The Lord
“For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny 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 unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.” (Matthew 20:1-7)
Today’s Morsel: One of the questions on the minister’s application for ministerial licensure is, 'are you employed?' And if so, 'how many hours do you work per week?' I am often surprised by the number of hours some of them say that they work. And I think to myself where they will find time to do ministry. And then I think, maybe it is not how many hours they put in but rather how much they are putting into the hours. I guess that if what they are doing is unto the Lord, then they are putting all their effort into the hours and they will have the time for ministry and do a good job as well. But on the other hand, if it is about the number of hours only, someone is going to wear away quickly. Do you give your employer an honest day’s work for your pay? If you owned the company where you work, would you be pleased with your productivity or would you fall short? Paul, writing to the church at Colossi, stated, “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons” (Colossians 3:22-25). Let’s give God and our employer our very best! Everything we do is for the Lord.
Sing: Jesus use me, O’ Lord don’t refuse me, for surely there’s a work that I can do. Even though it’s humble, Lord, help my will to crumble, though the cost be great, I’ll work for You.
Thought For Today: It’s not how many hours you put in, but how much you put into the hours.