Your union would be so up in arms, and you might consider a lawsuit against your employer if you were to receive an hourly wage for a day's work. It just wouldn't be fair, would it?
Let's assume that you had been hired at a fair standard hourly rate. You were very happy to have the job until you discovered that some people who did the same job were paid up to eleven times as much as you.
Several years ago, a global department store was a God-sent to an isolated northern community. Many hitherto unemployed people found worthwhile jobs. They happily signed contracts stating that there would be no union. Lo and behold within a couple of years, though, these same folks suddenly lobbied for a union.
You just read two different scenarios. What do they have in common? Would you agree that in both cases the employes, after being initially grateful for the blessings that came their way, became dissatisfied and felt they deserved more?
In the first case, your reaction might be that it's just not fair to be treated differently from someone else. You may be considering what if you had held out... blah, blah, blah. The others had discovered that, if only that would have a union, they might get more money, better hours, and so on.
The first story is found in Matthew 20. As you read it, you will notice that except for the initial employes with a signed contract, all the others trusted that the employer would treat them fairly. They chose to work strictly on faith taking the risk of getting nothing at all!
The disgruntled employes in the other, contemporary, story lost out big time. The company stuck to its global policy and simply closed down!
The parable of the Kingdom of heaven in Matthew 20 depicts Jesus as the employer. He tells the dissatisfied employee to be happy with what he had agreed to receive. It is solely up to Him to give whatever He deems to be right.
Has God the right to give whatever He wants to whomever He chooses? The real question is: Is it fair that others are blessed more than you?
The last indeed shall be first in the Kingdom of God because many are called but few are chosen. God chooses those who are humble and of a contrite heart.
Envy, pride, disappointment and resentment result in the loss of peace, joy and gratitude.
When you think you deserve something and that others owe you, you are not open to God's Grace. It will lead to blaming others and yes, even God, for your problems.
The truth is that no one deserves anything! Jesus Christ has already paid the price and provided for every need. All you have to do is receive it with joy and thanksgiving! Therefore, those who are humble and faithful, and acknowledge the Source of their blessings, will receive abundance.
Life indeed is not fair! God is not an equal opportunity employer; nor does He ascribe to equal rights or political correctness. But, thanks be to God, He always gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15: 57)
"In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16: 33)
Ann Stewart is author of With Wings As Eagles, http://with-wings-as-eagles.com and writes articles to inspire and encourage you to fulfill the purpose God has for your life. http://www.lifealteringwords.com
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