Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145:2-3,8-9,17-18; Philippians 1:20-24,27; Matthew 20:1-16
A young man went through college dreaming of landing an executive position in his father’s big manufacturing plant. On graduation day, the father took him aside and said, “Son, now you’re ready to come into the family business.” Immediately, the young man had visions of a big, plush office, a large staff of assistants, and a hefty executive salary. “I’ll start work tomorrow, dad,” he said enthusiastically. After which, the father said, “Of course, to learn the business, you’ll have to start at the bottom.
“To begin with, your job will be to water the hundreds of plants located in our buildings.” The son protested. “I’ve changed my mind. I’m not coming to work tomorrow.” Later, he thought better of his decision and decided to go along with his father. And so, he accepted the job and reported for work the next day. The father hoped for the best but was concerned that despite his son’s good intentions, he wouldn’t stay on the job for…
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