Your Cash Advance

"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" (Matthew 20:8).

Christian F. Gellert (1715-1769), a German philosopher and author, died at Leipzig where he had been professor of theology at the university. In his final moments, he made this simple request:

"Only repeat to me the name of Jesus. Whenever I hear it or pronounce it myself I feel myself refreshed with fresh joy. God be praised, only one hour more."

All who have served our kind Master with a sincere and grateful heart have made similar statements. Just knowing Jesus is like a big advance before payday--what a sweet deal!

Today's parable teaches the prospect of heavenly rewards. And though some of us will receive more than others, we all have more than we deserve. To be hired at all, that is, chosen to salvation (v.16), is itself no small compensation. The day we got on His payroll, whether at sunrise or near midnight, or anywhere in between, was the day our lives had real value and purpose.

As Gellert learned, just thinking of Jesus is like receiving a generous cash advance before the big payday.

Dear Lord, thank you for making my life useful in an aimless, idle world. Help me to hear your "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." In your name I pray, Amen.