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Thursday, July 2, 2015

St Matthew, Chapter 20, verse: 12a, The Complaint.

Our paragraph topic is:  (Parable of the laborers in the vineyard)
Part 16. 

The last of the laborers came to the steward to receive their pay.  They are paid a denarius, as agreed, but they murmur against the householder.  They believed that they were deceived.  They believed that they were mistreated.  They believed that the pay that they received was unfair because they worked all day. 

They were the first to come to the vineyard and the last to leave.  They sought work in the market place and agreed to work for a denarius.  They did not know that others would be hired.  They did not know that others would be paid the same amount.  The only knew that they agreed to work for a denarius and believed that they were receiving a fair amount for their labor.  But when it came time for payment, they saw that others who came after them received the same amount.  They were dissatisfied:  saying, "These last have worked a single hour." 

Such is the way of comparison.  We compare ourselves to others and loose the sense of our own self, the sense of our own self worth, the sense of who we are.  What makes us happy?  What makes us satisfied?  What will fulfill our needs?  What will make us content within ourselves?  Who are we that we do not know who we are?  For it is the nature of discovery that allows us to understand.  And it is in that understanding that we come to know who we are.

Are you satisfied with who you are or are you continuously in search of the things that others have to satisfy yourself?  The laborers were not satisfied when they compared their labor to the labors of others.  They worked the day long.  They agreed to a fair amount but when compared with others who worked less for the same amount, they were dissatisfied.  It was in the comparison that they decided they were unhappy.  It was in the comparison that they saw others who were paid the same.  It was in the comparison that they felt hurt and pained that they did not get more.  What does it take to make us happy?  What does it take to give us satisfaction?  Are we continuously reviewing and revising what will make us happy so that we never know what will give us joy? 

Just like the laborers in the parable, we grumble and murmur against the house-holder.  We want what we see others having and believe what we see that others have, will make us happy.  Yet there are always others.  There is always dissatisfaction with what we have in comparison to what others have.  There is always that which we see in others that we want for ourselves.  Our happiness, our joy, our completeness is in others.  And yet there is nothing on this earth that we see that will fill us with the joy and happiness that comes from the knowledge of who we are in Christ.  For it is in the knowledge of being the children of God our Father and his love for us, that we can come to know who we are.  And it is in that knowledge that we are fulfilled. 


No gift or thing or object can substitute for the complete and fulfilling love that comes from God our Father.  Nothing else can compare.  And when you know his love nothing else is needed.  In this life, nothing else can compare, nothing else will satisfy.  If you yearn, if you seek, if you desire, with your whole heart, to know who you are, seek him and he will come.  Know him and he will provide.  Embrace him and you will be filled with his love.  And in that moment you will know that there is nothing else that can compare to the love that the Father has for you, thanks to the passion of Christ Jesus.

Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself. Do not study it in parts reading one passage and then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ. The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you.  Open the door and let him in.  

Thursday, June 18, 2015

St Matthew, Chapter 20, verse: 11, The Comparison and the Murmur.

Our paragraph topic is:  (Parable of the laborers in the vineyard)
Part 15.

The first received his reward and was joyous.  They had only worked an hour.  The next to the last received their denarius and they were happy.  They had only worked a couple of hours.  Those who came before the first received their wages and they were satisfied.  They did not work as long as those who came first.  And then came those who were hired first.  The time came for them to receive their reward and they also received a denarius.

And upon receiving their pay they were astonished.  They were not satisfied.  They were not joyous.  They were not happy to receive what they had agreed to work for.  For they had made comparisons.  They had worked all day in the heat of the sun.  They had watched others come into the vineyard and knew that they would receive more.  They thought that their reward would be greater than all the rest.  "And on receiving it, they began to murmur against the householder." 

They made comparisons.  They looked at others as they entered the vineyard and compared themselves to those that came after them.  They raised themselves above those that came after them.  They thought that they were better.  They thought that they deserved more.  They saw themselves as different from those who came after them.  And yet they all were the same.  They all were offered the same amount by the house-holder to tend the fields in the vineyard. 

There was work that needed to be done.  There was a need for laborers to do the work.  There was a contract made and an agreement for compensation.  Yet somewhere in the process a change took place.  Somewhere in the work something entered the picture to bring about a change.  They worked side by side.  They picked the grapes from the vines and harvested the fruit.  Somewhere in the work day, the minds of the workers changed.  Somewhere during the heat of the day their thoughts changed.  Somewhere as the day came to a close the hearts of the workers changed and a new mind, a new heart, new thoughts came into the picture and all were changed.

Some were happy.  Some were joyous.  Some were satisfied.  But others were astonished and dismayed at what they received.  They began to murmur.  They began to talk back.  They began to allow frustration and doubt, and fear, and anger to enter into their hearts and minds and bring about a transformation in who they were.  They began as simple workers seeking to find work for the day.  They ended up as angry spirits who's hearts were filled with anger.

What is it that brings about such a change?  What happened that they were dissatisfied?  What brought about this about face in their attitudes and mindsets that they began to murmur?  Comparison came in.  Comparison came in and set things in motion.  Comparison came through and showed them a different picture.  They started out happy to have work.  They ended up sad and disgruntled with their pay.  Are we the same today?  Do we start out happy to have work and end up sad with our pay?  Does comparison come into our lives and lead us to change?  Does comparison come into our lives and turn us in a different direction? 

We are God's children, created in his image and likeness.  He has given us the gift of life.  The most precious gift that could be had, we already have.  Are we satisfied?  Are we happy?  Are we understanding of what has been given to us?  Or are we making comparisons with what the world has to offer against what we already have?  We see, we feel, we taste and touch and smell all that the physical has to offer.  Can we know the truth of what the gift of life has to offer?  The spirit will tell.  The life within will show.  The Advocate will listen and teach that which has not been taught.  And then you will know that there is no comparison to what you have.  And then you will be happy and joyous, for you have the gift of life. 


Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself. Do not study it in parts reading one passage and then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ. The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you.  Open the door and let him in.  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

St Matthew, Chapter 20, verse: 10b, What the first received.

Our paragraph topic is:  (Parable of the laborers in the vineyard)
Part 14.

It is funny how we make comparisons and draw conclusions.  We are given that we are to compare.  We are given that we are different.  We are given that we value ourselves and our value is given to us through the looking glass of the world.  Each day we see the best, the perfect, the brightest, the smartest, the most superlative of who we are.  And we measure ourselves based upon what we see with our eyes through the media of the world.

The world decides who we are.  The world gives us our identity.  The world sets the rules of how we measure ourselves.  No longer are we the same.  No longer are we similar.  No longer are we members of the human race but we are different, unique, special, because of what we are given.  One fact remains, in the eyes of God our Father, we are his children and he is our Father, our creator, our maker, the one who gave us life.  We each received the same gift, just as the laborers did in the vineyard.  "They also received each his denarius." 

This parable started out by Christ telling his disciples that the kingdom of heaven is like a house-holder seeking laborers to work in his vineyard.  The house-holder went out early to seek workers for his vineyard.  He found laborers waiting in the market place seeking work.  He told them that if they wanted to work that he would pay them each a denarius to labor in his vineyard.  They agreed and went to work.  All was fine.  All were happy that they found work.  All worked in the vineyard according to what they were asked to do. 

They all were the same.  They all were going to get paid the same.  They started at the same time and they will end work at the same time and they will all get paid the same.  This was what they agreed upon.  We today agree to work for our wages.  We are born, we go to school, we learn our A, B, C's, we learn our math and science, our history, and our geography.  We are trained in the rules of the world.  After we are trained, we go out into the world to seek our futures, our fame and our fortunes. 

The world would segment and categorize us so that we make comparisons.  We are different, we are white, we are black, we are Asian, Latino, European, Italian, etc.  We live in categories, in boxes, based upon what our senses tell us and what the world tells us about who and what we want to be.  And yet we all received a denarius.  We all became children.  We all were created in his image and likeness.  We are his children and he is our Father .  We live in a shell, a box, a category.  But inside we are all the same, spiritual beings not physical.  We all received life and life is within all of us.  Think not of yourself as different, but think of yourself as the same, one spirit in the Father.

Read the sign of the times! Read the Highlighted New Testament Bible and lift the scales from your eyes that you may see, that you may know, that you may find the truth of who you are in Christ. Read it as though you would read a good book, from cover to cover, and see for yourself. Do not study it in parts reading one passage and then skipping to another, but read it for understanding. Read it for knowledge. Read it for faith. Read it that your eyes may be opened, that your ears may hear, that your heart may be filled with the light of Christ. The Holy Spirit awaits you. Christ seeks to know you.  Open the door and let him in.