“….So the last will be first, and the first will be last….”

Ever lose out on a job opportunity to another applicant that was less qualified than you? Or, better, have you ever gotten a job, yourself, paying top dollar, which you were not precisely qualified; and likely didn’t deserve?  Is there a “work-place” anywhere in the Nation that actually does this?  Sure… it happens every day….somewhere, in the business world. I’ve seen people hired at top salaries without the appropriate credentials many times.  And, I’ve seen very well qualified “new hires” without a college degree hired at the same time as a MBA, or even a PhD, and they all started at the same salary level.  Corporate can do whatever they want; especially the private sector.  Although, too, I’ve even seen it in the Public Sector.  Go back and read some of my recent posts, and you see where it has even happened to me. Matthew 20:1-16 – The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.  About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.  He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’  So they went. “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing.  About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’  “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’  “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’  “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius.  So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.  When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.  ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’  “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?  Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you.   Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’  “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  Remember Joseph, the younger son of Jacob was moved ahead of his old brothers, and it almost cost him his life. But God had a plan for Joseph, just as He has one for each of us.  But, we must be a cooperative partner with God….there are no free lunches  1 Corinthians 3:8-9 – Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. …Blessings… 9/22/14

About Charles Brooks

who is originally from Miami, Fla., moved to SC, holds two degrees from the University of SC. His business background is primarily in Real Estate Development (Motels, Hotel, Office Buildings, Restaurants, Residential) and Business Consulting. He currently is Managing Director of Brooks, Baker, Lehman & Kohlhepp - Investors in Real Estate and Mining, and has other business interests under the umbrella of Brooks Properties. FULL-TIME-MINISTRY: Fully engaged in spreading the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ, with an emphasis on the Business Community.


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