|Then you’ll need companions|
|Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:00|
BY Berlie G. Yap
“And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?” (Matt. 20:6, ESV)
Please read the entire chapter of Matthew 20, it is not very long though. Jesus gave a parable about a master who hired laborers. He came to hire the first batch of workers at 7 in the morning. Then he came back at 9AM to hire more; such was also repeated at 12noon and at 3PM. Now, the rest of those servants, who were not hired, might have thought that the day was already done. Thus, a good number of them left and went home then.
Howbeit, there were those, the remaining bunch, who insisted to stay. They might have thought also that even late as almost 5PM, the master could still or somehow come back, to pity and eventually hire them to his field. Indeed, their expectations came to pass. The master had arrived and hired them, that despite that it was already very late.
You see, nothing is too late for God! God’s delays are not His denials. But I’m pretty impressed of the endurance of those from the last batch. They were exceptional; though they were already exposed to the elements—the rains, the scorching heat of the Middle Eastern sun, its dust, plus the hunger and thirst which they had to go through. But such paid off, when the master came back for them.
It was though pretty unfortunate for those who quit along, because they presumed that their stay in the marketplace was already a total waste. Folks! When we wait for the fulfillment of God’s promises, we never can waste our time. In fact, time spent for God, is a good and a sure investment. When we do, we chose the right pick to prepare our good future.
The last batch had no other choice but to encourage one another. In those long hours of waiting, they might be patting each other’s back, while telling one another to endure all the odds. Their survival was partly dependent on their abilities to encourage one another. Admittedly, there are people who can work, more effectively, while they are alone. But the general truth is, most of us cannot make it all by ourselves solely.
We are created by God with the natural character to be interdependent one to the other. “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Eccles. 4:9-12, KJV)
It is God’s idea that we will walk with companions along. Friendship is a special gift from the almighty. But we also ought to choose carefully to who can be our friends. Pick deliberately those who can lift you up, and not those who do nothing but only discourage you in the journey. It’s a guarantee, life’s battles will always be tough. Thus, in every curb we may pass, we ought to have companions who can be willing to encourage us, and vice versa.
I read about this story of a man, who wanted to jump from a bridge, as to commit a suicide. Now, another man saw him. The latter tried to stop the former. The reason why the former wanted to kill himself was because he had a severe depression. He related and opened up everything to the latter his ordeals. The next scenario was the unthinkable. The second man offered that he also wanted to jump with him to the waters!
What happened? The former’s depression might have influenced the second man. The morals of the story is we should personally guard our hearts, lest others’ discouragements may transfer to us and may also become our personal discouragements. “Return to your stronghold, O PRISONERS OF HOPE; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” (Zech. 9:12, ESV)
All of us are bound to something. To who we give our lives or submit our wills to, we are subjects to him. In this world, there are only two choices—it is either CHRIST or CHAOS. Away from the Lord is a life of confusion. Choose to become bound with hope and not doom, confusion or fear. Remember, we will always have a bright future, when we trust the Lord.
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