Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, March 24th, 2021
Your Pay Rate?
You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.
Matthew 20:7 (KJV)
In The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, God is compared to a 'Landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers' (v.20).

The first men hired were offered a day rate. They agreed and set themselves to the task, but the landowner wanted more workers. Four more times that day, he offered men jobs. They didn't ask salary specifics and agreed to take 'Whatever is right.'

Thankful for the work, they stepped out in faith.

At the end of a hot day in the field, the owner paid everyone equally, regardless of the time each had begun. I imagine those who started later were pleasantly surprised with their wages.

But the first group, those who worked the longest, those who knew their pay in advance, grumbled--even though they got what they expected. The landowner's response? 'Is your eye evil, because I am good?' (v.15)

Did they begrudge his small acts of kindness?

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Is salary your #1 concern? Do your measure success by the dollar? Do you compare your income to others? Or do you work for 'Whatever is right?' It's all about your goals, faith and values.

SIDEBAR: On the Today Show, top executives were asked to share their secrets of success. One traced it back to a choice made in school, when she and several Ivy League friends discussed post-graduation job offers.

Most of them were going for the money. But not this particular CEO. She went for a quality employer and never inquired about salary. She later rose to head that company.

Performer lessons? You're mean to rise, too, under the guidance of the biggest Boss. You're far too humble to talk about pay, knowing the price His Son already paid.

Regarding the fields of entertainment, consider a similar action plan...

1) Being modest and grateful for the work: big parts, small parts- always with excellence.

2) Seeking quality over quantity: roles, scripts and their overall messages.

3) Trusting God to give whatever is right: Your undercover Boss rewards fairly.

## Your Pay Rate?

NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Your Pay Rate? series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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