Wages for waiting

Matthew 20:9 “And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius.

At this point in the story people started getting mad because the 11th hour people got a full day’s wages. But I had never noticed that while the others got paid for a day’s working, these 11th hour folks got paid for a day’s waiting. They were in the marketplace. They were prepared to work. They were positioned and available. Yet if nobody hired them, what else could they do? Many may have been tempted to go home at some point, assuming that the lateness of the hour would preclude the possibility of being hired. But these laborers stayed there. Waiting. All day. You can’t tell me that they didn’t struggle with discouragement. But they must have believed that there was yet some hope, because they stayed.

If you feel useless to the Lord, not employed in His service, with no kingdom assignment and yet you are prepared, willing, waiting and hoping for His summons to the vineyard, you are earning your full wage in the waiting. That is His current assignment for you and your faithfulness in that assignment will be rewarded just as fully as those who are currently assigned to the front lines of ministry.

8 thoughts on “Wages for waiting

  1. Ivy Smith October 2, 2021 / 7:46 am

    So good. 👍🏼

  2. Ivy Smith October 2, 2021 / 7:46 am

    So good

  3. wisconfan October 2, 2021 / 9:26 am

    Wow great insight. I struggle with that scripture. As I work hard and to have new employees come in making the same or more then me just because it’s hard to find workers …. I can see both sides, I get it still hard.
    Now as it relates to Bible waiting. I am open and ready to receive this baptism…

  4. Mike April 29, 2023 / 7:47 am

    Wow! I have always appreciated your insight.

  5. Eirene April 29, 2023 / 5:30 pm

    It’s been a long time. I hope you are well.

  6. Mike April 30, 2023 / 7:46 am

    I am thanks. Good to reconnect. Been off social media for about 4 years. It has been good, but lately I have had the urge to ease back in somehow. And so here I am.
    20 years ago, I hit a wall with church work. As busy as we were in it, I did not feel I was as close to God as I knew it was possible to be. Somehow I had missed something, so, I/we backed out of all our duties, and I set out in my own personal pursuit of God. Not preparing to teach; it was just me and God. I was determined to find what I had missed and started journaling so there would be a written record of what I discovered. That is when I got into writing. It has been an amazing journey. Working for God is good. Walking with him is better.
    To your point. It was probably 5 years and that was all I did. Read and journal. But I started wanting to do more but didn’t know what. That went on for a while. I knew I did not want to work in the church. Been there done that. God burnt out. My wife and I had dinner with a couple we know. Found out he was involved in a jail ministry. As soon as he mentioned it, I knew that was God’s answer. I did that for 10 years. Cool as it could be. But it did run its course. Between my heart changing towards it and covid, it reached its end.
    So back to waiting. A very clear writing assi

  7. Mike April 30, 2023 / 7:53 am

    Oops. Hit the wrong key.
    A very clear writing assignment came to me that I feel he initiated that has kept me going, but still there is that stirring for what he has in mind next. I think the writing project is keeping me occupied until it comes along.
    Promise not to be this lengthy on a regular basis. Just seemed too fitting to your story, which again, is amazing insight. I’ve thought about it quite a bit since I read it.

  8. Eirene May 1, 2023 / 7:27 pm

    Seasons change…but each season in Jesus is full of life

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