Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 20:8-13 (KJV); 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. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, 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. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny?
God does not reward men your way, His reward system is different from how the system of this world works.
Our theme scripture is a demonstration of this reality. The men who started to work in the Master’s vineyard earlier in the day grumbled at the fact that they were given the same pay as those who came much later.
Their mindset is reflected in the attitude of people who think that because they have been in ministry for thirty years then their ministries should be growing faster than the ministries of those who just started preaching the gospel three years ago.
It is seen in men and women at the workplace who whine about why a colleague who was hired yesterday has risen up the ranks faster than he who has been at that job for the past nine years.
God has made it abundantly clear that, “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
The difference comes in how men deal with the realm of time and chance; experiences and opportunities. You may have lasted ten years at your workplace but with the kind of work ethic that makes opportunities sail right past you. You must learn how to spiritually, intellectually, psychologically and emotionally position yourself; to identify windows of opportunity and leverage the occasions that spell transformation in your life.
FURTHER STUDY: Ecclesiastes 9:11, Matthew 16:3
GOLDEN NUGGET: God has made it abundantly clear that, “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” The difference comes in how men deal with the realm of time and chance; experiences and opportunities.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this knowledge. I am a positioned spirit. I know how to maximise time and chance in the realm of the Spirit. I am in the right place at the right time and will never miss the milestones You have set for my destiny, in Jesus’ name, Amen.