Sunday Morning Podcast June 10, 2018. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 20:1-16
1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
2 And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace,
4 And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way.
5 Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise.
6 And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle?
7 They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
8 So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.
9 And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
10 But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.
11 And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,
12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.
13 But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee.
15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good?
16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
What is your service worth? Who sets the price of your service? In this passage the householder set the price for labor. All the hired agreed to work for the same stated wage. At the end of the day, the last hired were paid the same wage, just as the ones who had worked from the beginning of the day. In their fleshly minds, the first laborers didn’t like that their wages were no more than the ones who had come later. In any realm of service, there likely will be a view point of it, from two general sources. That of the service giver, and that of the service payer. Service in the owners “world,” is a sales strategy. The “owner” rates it more or less according to the service offered. The service is of less priority than what it actually cost to produce it. If they give a great sacrifice, they must also require a greater service to cover their sacrificial costs. All based on the cost. The one offering the most for that cost value, is going to be the offer that is most potentially accepted. If someone has given their all, it is reasonable for them to expect the best possible service from that one they “hired,” by their sacrificial all.
Christ is as the householder in this parable. He has already paid the highest price possible for our service. He has paid with His blood to purchase Salvation for us. Whether we have been employed by Him for many years, or if we just newly gave our life to Him, the wages are Salvation, …the same wage for all. Serving longer doesn’t make one more important than the one who is just newly “hired”or saved. God is not a respecter of persons. We see our service in a certain way, and He also sees our service in a different certain way. He requires the same from everyone seeking Salvation. Our best service. For God is worthy of our all, since He gave us His all. His sacrifice is beyond measure, to anything else. We owe God the glory of our all, because we were bought with a price! 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6 Jesus is worthy to receive services from all we have, because He has paid for us with the price of His blood!
What price do you put on your service? If we limit our price, we limit what we will have. Price is a limit for service. There can be no set price for our service to God —or it isn’t valuable for the all we received from Jesus. How does God value your service? If we change the value we are willing to give, we will no longer possess His sacrifice for our sin. Do you set a price for your service? What is the value God has set on your service? God doesn’t ask us to understand whether it is right or wrong, but to prove our love, by giving it unconditionally, reaching out for Him. The key to our really having a love for God, is to stay closely attached to Him. If we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you………” James 4: 8 When we value our service to God, we will pay close attention to Him. Do you pay close attention to Him? If you become less attached, you will give less of your service, until you no longer give of your self. All we have, to give of value, is our devotional studies, service, and all our love. If you backslide over any issue, that is the price you set on your willingness to give your service to God. Our sacrifices for family, and etc., can not be greater than our service to God. If it is, Satan will ensure that, that value will cause you to pay, to keep you from your service to God instead. Are other things demanding or getting more from you than God? Be honest with yourself; your best to God…. is it what you give? Jesus is worthy!!
What is Your Service Worth?