God desires us to trust in Him who justifies the ungodly. His reward is given not according to our merit but according to His own purpose, “which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 3:11. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.” Titus 3:5. And for those who trust in Him He will do “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

Not the amount of labor performed or its visible results but the spirit in which the work is done makes it of value with God. Those who came into the vineyard at the eleventh hour were thankful for an opportunity to work.

Their hearts were full of gratitude to the one who had accepted them; and when at the close of the day the householder paid them for a full day’s work,

 

but he is filled with joy that God has accepted him at all. He works with a humble,  trusting spirit, thankful for the privilege of being a co-worker with Christ. This spirit God delights to honor. 

they were greatly surprised. They knew they had not earned such wages. And the kindness expressed in the countenance of their employer filled them with joy. They never forgot the goodness of the house-holder or the generous compensation they had received. Thus, it is with the sinner who, knowing his unworthiness, has entered the Master’s vineyard at the eleventh hour.  His time of service seems so short, he feels that he is undeserving of reward;

      We all have very much to be thankful for; let us open our lips in praise and thanksgiving to God. Let us come nearer to the Lord Jesus and acknowledge our daily obligations to Him. He has made it possible for us to secure for ourselves a very happy life even in this world of sin, and holds out the hope of being continually in His presence in the kingdom He is preparing for His people. Should not these thoughts call forth from us praise and thanksgiving?

     


                      



                                             By: Carolyn Rathbun Sutton   Available from              Adventistbookcenter.com or your local ABC

     Suggested Women's Ministry Resource

 Color My World with Love       (2021 Women Devotional) for women by women

Witness, then, the broad strokes with which women in these stories have colored their spheres of influence as they fight human trafficking, adopt abused animals, slip shoes on the feet of a suffering stranger, and routinely forego Christmas dinners to feed the homeless.