Devotions

Monday | February 29

Pay Day
James 5:4  

“Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts” (James 5:4).

When we hire someone to do a job for us like shoveling snow, baby-sitting, or running parts of our business, any slack in caring for our employee’s compensation is taken note of.  This can even relate to our children who work for us as they make attempts to obey and honor us with chores and doing their best in school. If we deny them just compensation in loving-kindness and encouraging them along the way, they miss out on the blessing that obedience demands. Our “employees”, our kids, nieces, nephews, and younger siblings all deserve Godly compensation to be affirmed of their value in our eyes and the eyes of God.  We need to keep in mind God is not mocked – what we sow we will reap (Galatians 6:7).  In turn, if we do not sow good seed, we cannot reap the hope we have in seeing our kids, and or charges successful in their lives.. We need to love God and them as ourselves.

Mark 12:29-31 says, “Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Josue Rodriguez
Pastor’s Academy Student

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