Saturday, January 7, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 7

“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:  Many campaign promises are made during election years by candidates to increase people’s wages in hopes to sway people to vote for them.  On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford introduced $5.00 per day wages for all his Ford workers.  This would fall in line with the parable that Jesus told of the man that went out to hire laborers.  He agreed with them for a penny a day.  There was not a set hourly wage, but a daily wage, the same as Henry Ford made with his workers.  I’m sure at the end of the day with Mr. Ford, some of them were probably angry that those that got hired later in the day made the same as everyone else did, somewhat like Jesus said.  But the agreement was for a day not an hourly rate.  We must work for the Lord all day long and be content with our wages at the end of the day.  Are you laboring in Christ’s vineyard?   The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labors are few.  Working for Jesus may not pay much here on earth, but the retirement benefits are out of this world!

Sing:  Jesus, use me; Oh Lord don’t refuse me, For surely there’s a work that I can do.  And even though its humble, Lord, help my will to crumble, though the cost be great I’ll work for You.

Thought For Today:  Working for Jesus may not pay much here on earth, but the retirement benefits are out of this world.

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