|“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15 “God calls you to invest in the lives of others. If you are a follower of Christ you are in the people business giving your life helping others to grow closer to the Savior. The only question facing you is how you go about influencing them for Christ.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ·Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? Take what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give to this last as I give to you.'” Matthew 20:12-14
Three factors determine what pay an employee” receives: The amount of time invested (if paid by the hour), the ability of the employee, and the profit he brings to the company. Reward in the Kingdom of Heaven is determined by faithfulness to opportunity rather than by any of these three. In the parable the owner selected people to work in the vineyard at various times of the day. The owner decided when the laborer entered. God decides how long each person spends in His vineyard. At the end of the day each was paid the same amount.
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were two of Christ’s disciples. James was the first to die at the hand of Herod, and his brother John, in all probability was one of the last of the disciples to die. John spent about 60 years longer in God’s vineyard than his brother James. If the length of time each spent in the vineyard determined their wage, then James was punished for being a martyr.
God distributes in unequal amounts certain gifts, abilities, and opportunities. The sickly person with few gifts who dies early is not handicapped in the economy of God. Your reward in heaven will not be determined by what God gave you, but by what you do with what God gave you and why you do it.
Psalm 74-76 Romans 9:16-33 (New King James Version)
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Mark 11:24 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
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