Workers on the Vineyard.
July 8, 2016
[This revelation came through the Hillsong Conference 2016 as I listened on its live streaming yesterday (July 7, 2016 about 1-3PM)]
Matthew 20: 1-16 The Parable of the Laborer’s of the Vineyard
We always think of ourselves as blessed and favored by the Lord since we are saved and because we serve the Lord with what talents and gifts He has given us. But the Lord made me realize this, DO NOT TAKE WHAT IS YOURS. This was the pastor’s statement (Judah Smith, the City Church) yesterday on the Conference.
What is FAIR? What if we think that what we should get is fair in accordance to our labor? Yet the Lord would say “Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this man the same as to you” (Matthew 20:14). Yet God would give the same measure of what He gave you to what He gave to others who served later than you. Would you consider that fair? Would we still look on what’s fair with God?
Like the brother of the Prodigal Son would we complain because the son who came back is welcomed with joy and with a “party” by the Father? Are we going to be like this son? Or like the laborers about the eleventh hour, are we going to complain and maybe say to ourselves that if the Land Owner ever needed help the next day that we would go at the last hour to save you the labor [as was emphasized on the Conference]? Or are we going to be grateful and thankful to the Lord that we were able to serve more and longer than others and rejoice with them over their salvation and service to the Lord.(Romans 12:15)
God is GOOD.
We should not base our faith on what should be ours but base our faith in TRUST. TRUST in the Lord, that He knows what He is thinking and He knows what He is doing. We must not be caught up with the mindset of the world because God’s mindset, heaven’s mindset is very different from our own. (Isaiah 55:9)
So do not take what’s yours.
Check out Hillsong Conference 2016 Backstage (http://player.hillsongchannel.com/) live streaming for more about the Conference.