Friday, January 27th, 2017
Do-Gooders (Part 73)
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.'
Matthew 20:11-12 (NKJV)*
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJV)
Be content with what you have.
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
Philippians 4:11 (NIV)
Be content with your wages.
Luke 3:14 (NKJV)
How many of us work contentedly, abiding in a state of thankfulness, deciding to give maximum effort, regardless of conditions or wages?
How many of us work begrudgingly, abiding in a state of restlessness, deciding to give half-hearted effort, regarding other jobs with jealous eyes?
How many of us work with what we have, mending and tending older possessions, putting the needs of desperate people above our non-urgent conveniences?
How many of us work to buy more stuff, shopping and dropping every buck we make, purchasing unneeded indulgences, adding excess to our over-filled lives?
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Consider some pivotal questions:
1) Are you content with the roles you get, giving small jobs your full commitment? Because 'Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much' (Luke 16:10). Therein, God promotes these achievers.** 'For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance' (Matthew 13:12).**
2) If you're waiting on a promotion, are you patient with the Lord's timing? Think of Jacob, Joseph and David. Years would pass before their advancement. 'Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles' (Isaiah 40:31). 'The Lord is good to those who wait for Him' (Lamentations 3:25).
3) When God lifts you to a higher stage, are you giving Him His due glory? Jesus said, 'I can of Myself do nothing' (John 5:30). He passed all honor to His Father: 'Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?' (John 11:40). 'From everyone who has been given much, much will be required' (Luke 12:48).
So copy Paul: think yourselves happy*** in whatever work you are assigned, in whatever place you are given. Once done, God will make you happier.
To Be Continued...
* Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2020:1-15
** Short article, If You Want More, You Must be Faithful in Little: http://www.familylife.com/articles/topics/faith/essentials/growing-in-your-faith/if-you-want-more-you-must-be-faithful-in-little
** Re-read The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
*** 'I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused...' (Acts 26:2).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.