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Second Shifters

Matthew 20:1-16

Verse 5 “He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing.

Yesterday we talked about those who came to faith in Christ at an early age. Today we will talk about the middle of the day hires.

Unlike the early “hires” into the kingdom of God, mid-day hires have, more often than not, had some trying portions of our stories prior to surrendering to God. In fact sometimes it are those very trials that bring us to surrendering to the God of the Universe.

It has been said that the struggles in life are the very things that strengthen the muscles of our faith. Without trials and tribulations we would be weak in character and resolve. Those of us that found Christ in the adult years of life have those trials and experiences to hone our relationship with God and aid in our ability to do ministry.

Just as the workers chosen in the mid-day sun, those coming into the kingdom during the mid-portion of life know that there is still work to do. We didn’t come on board just for the reward at the end, we knew that there was going to be hard times because there have already been hard times. We know what it is like to be beaten down and get back up again. These are all traits and experiences that are needed in the kingdom of God. These are the things in life that prepare us to minister to those who are also struggling and walking through the storms of life. Our pain can be used as the balm on another hurting soul.

Another way that God uses those of us that come to Him after becoming an adulthood is to be the biggest and brightest canvases for others to see the transformation of His mighty power. When our old character starts changing into the new creation He has made us, others won’t be able to deny the change and will wonder what caused the change.

One of the struggles that causes issues for these “mid-day hires” is that sometimes they find it hard to fit into the Church community. Sometimes this has to do with those early workers not welcoming them into the workforce and joining with them in the work of the kingdom. It is important to remember that we are all part of the workforce and need to learn to work together for the good of the kingdom and the glory of God.

Making It Personal

Do you relate to this mid-day worker? If not, how do you relate to them? Is there a mid-day worker that you need to connect with that you haven’t before?

Making It Personal Kids

Did you know that trials are a way that we can learn more about God and ourselves so we can help other people? What is a problem you have had in your life? How could God use that to help someone else?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for using all of us, no matter when You called us to Yourself. Help us learn to work together for Your kingdom and Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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