Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, February 6th, 2011
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). With the first group of men, He negotiated a day rate. They agreed and began work. The landowner went out four more times to hire more men. They did not negotiate salary. They agreed to 'Whatever is right.' They stepped out in faith.

At the end of the day, the landowner paid all the men equally, regardless of the time they started. Those who went to work on hope of fair pay were satisfied. The first group, who knew their pay in advance, grumbled--even though they received exactly what they negotiated. God responded, 'Is your eye evil, because I am good?' (v.15)

Do you look at salary first, or do you work for 'Whatever is right?' It's all about goals and trust.

On the Today Show, top executives were asked their secrets of success. One was the CEO of a major publishing house. Before graduation from her Ivy League college, classmates were discussing job options. Most were 'going for the money.' The CEO did not. She opted for a quality employer and never asked about pay. She rose to the top.

Let us rise, too. We rise with the only perfect Employer in the universe. We work for Him and never ask about pay, because we trust Him.

Keep the same goals in mind in your choices of agencies, bookings or jobs. Go for quality. Stay in faith.

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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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