Wednesday, January 10, 2018
We all received . . . undeserved kindness upon undeserved kindness.—John 1:16.
A wine grower went to the marketplace early one morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. The men he found agreed to the wage he offered and went to work. The owner needed more workers, however, and returned to the marketplace throughout the day to hire more and more men, offering a fair wage even to those whom he hired at the end of the afternoon. When evening came, he gathered the workers together to give them their wages, and he gave the same amount to each of them, whether they had labored many hours or just one. When those first hired realized this, they complained. The winegrower replied: ‘Did you not agree to the wage I offered? Do I not have the right to give all my workers whatever I want? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Matthew 20:1-15
Jesus’ parable reminds us of one of God’s qualities that is often mentioned in the Word—His “undeserved kindness.” As He does, He does. He created the Universe out of Nothing. Life where there was no life. We live because He wills it. As we focus on Him, a hedge is built around us and even in this present time, we prosper in the Spirit.
”Do we fear God with praise and submission, bowing our will to His purpose. We are created for His pleasure, have you found your function in Him?”
In the sharing of Job, we read, in response to the success of Job, Satan said: “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.
We have been blessed. Realize it and possess it. We have pointed out that we were created to do His will. Each one of us, as we believe and hand over our existence to Him, we receive so much. Each of us has a “Guardian Angel” and have our names written on the palm of Gods hand, Amen
The Bible does tell us that for the believer nothing happens outside God’s control–and yes, if we know Christ, His angels continually watch over us. The Bible says that God “will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” Psalm 91:11, Amen (and so it IS.) It also teaches that the angels–although they are largely unseen–watch over us and work for our good. The Bible says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14
As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says,
“In the time of My favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. There by God’s awesome grace is placed no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited, and so it is in Christ Jesus.
In all gifts and abilities, we shall grow from strength to strength. As servants of God we live to His Glory in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger. By God’s grace we exist in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere Love; for we are blessed with the fruit of the Spirit. Amen
We live in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons not of this world but in the Spirit, for we strive not against flesh and blood, but Spritual opponents in high places. Our weapon is of righteousness in the right hand and in The Word on the left. Fight the good fight in faith, Amen
We are maintained by God’s awesome grace through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything, Amen
—2 Corinthians 6:1-10