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Hope For Freelancers

8:20 AM

For as long as the sun is up, hope is alive.

Bible Passage: Matthew 20:1-7
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5 So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6 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?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’

I believe in some part of the world we still see a similar scenery where freelancers go to a section of the marketplace, just stand there---and wait for an employer to hire them for a certain job. This even happens in the online world --made possible by sites such as Freelancer, and Upwork. Employers post a job available and freelancers compete with one another in selling their skills and experience to these employers.

It's happening today and it happened in the Bible. Jesus told this parable of the vineyard workers to his disciples and likened it to the kingdom of heaven. But we're not gonna talk about heaven today; we'll talk about the workers that we call today 'freelancers'. So one early morning, there were job seekers standing by hoping to make some income. Now, a certain landowner came looking to hire some workers for his vineyard. He agreed to compensate them with standard pay then sent them to work.

He had enough workers but when he happened to pass through the marketplace he saw some people standing --obviously no one has hired them yet; he offered them an employment for a fair compensation. Now that was at nine o'clock; at noon he came back to the marketplace to hire more---and he did the same at three o'clock in the afternoon. He didn't stop there. At five o'clock, his instinct compelled him to check the marketplace if there are still men unemployed.

While we may admire the compassion of the landowner, we also need to notice the faith of those freelancers who had not given up hope of getting hired. At nine o'clock in the morning, you could be wishing some other employer would show up with a job offer since it's still early---but at five o'clock in the afternoon, what faith could tell you to stay and say, "There's one more working hour left, I'm hanging on."

I myself is jobless as I write this post. I'm still hanging on but I'm not sure for how long. I admire those freelancers who never had a doubt they can make income. There are more unemployed people out there --you could be one of them. Hang on tight---the sun is up---hope is alive.

I hope you already know that those who waited until five got hired. The story doesn't end here though. Click the link to read part two of the story.

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