Daily Archives: May 3, 2015
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Refuge | Jill Terry
S~ Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him! Psalm 2:12 (NAS)
O~ Those who leave their lives in God’s hands are blessed and given refuge. Those who rebel against God will face God’s wrath if not now, then one day it will happen.
A~ To me, this verse just perfectly illustrates God’s love and judgment. God can be angry at those who go against Him and do wrong. But God will also always love and offer refuge to those who trust in Him and follow Him. When I run to God, I am blessed. When I turn way from God, I suffer the consequences of not trusting in Him.
P~ Thank you Lord for always being my refuge and my redeemer. Amen
It’s 5 O Clock and it’s Payday! | Joni Tyner
S~ He answered one of them, “friend, I haven’t been unfair! Didn’t you agree to work all day for the usual wage? Take your money and go. I wanted to pay this last worker the same as you. Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?” Matthew 20:13-15 (NLT)
O~ Jesus is speaking in chapter 20 about comparing the Kingdom of Heaven to that of a landowner. He gives the example of several workers who are eager to work and accept the agreed upon wage for an entire day of work. Then at 9am more people took the job for the same wage. At noon and 3pm he did the same thing. Everyone agreed to work for the same wage. At 5 o’clock he went into town and found more people not working and told them to go to the vineyards. Shortly afterwards he began paying everyone—everyone got the same pay. The workers who were at the job site bright and early didn’t get any bonuses, they received the same pay as the last minute workers. Guess what? They WEREN’T happy and complained about their “unfair” pay, even though earlier in the day they were eager for the offer of work and very happy about their pay.
A~ This parable refers to a believer’s entrance into Heaven. Jesus uses the landowner to represent God and believers are the workers.
Jesus is telling us we get into Heaven because of Him—His grace, not by working hard and doing more. It’s all because of His grace. (Grace means we don’t deserve it. It’s a gift)
Jesus is telling us we shouldn’t be jealous about those who come to Him in the last minute. On the contrary, we should be out looking for more “workers”, people to get in on the blessings of the Lord’s grace. We should be telling others about the great opportunity He gives us. Everyone who believes in Jesus gets the most extravagant paycheck ever…eternity with Him. (reference for this was the commentary in my NLT Bible)
P~ Sweet Jesus. This is so perfect—this parable completely shows me how you love everyone, there is no favoritism. I think of the excitement those end-of-the-day workers must have felt when they got a nice paycheck. I pray that if any of our readers are trying to earn their way to Heaven, they will see it is all about You!!! They don’t need to be slaving over rules and religion, they just need to embrace You!
Servant Leadership | Nikki Metzger
S~ But among you it will be different, whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whomever wants to be first among you must become your slave. Matthew 20: 26,27 (NLT)
O~ Jesus is redefining leadership. I call it servant leadership and it looks a lot different than what the world defines as leadership.
A/P~ Father, please show me how to serve the women I work with. God, not just giving things out, but serving in a way that bring You glory.