Real work versus idleness
Mat 20:1 1For the kingdom of the heavens is like a 2man, who is a householder, who went out early in the 3morning to hire 4workmen for his 5avineyard.
2 And having 1agreed with the workmen for a 2denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
3 And he went out about the 1third hour and saw others standing 2idle in the 3marketplace,
4 And to those he said, You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you. And they went.
Note 32: This word indicates that whoever does not work in the kingdom of the heavens is standing idle in the world.
In the Lord’s assessment, we might be in the marketplace, even busily occupied in the business of this world, but we are idle as far as His work is concerned. Only the work that we do in His vineyard–His kingdom that produces fruit to satisfy God–counts as work. Everything else is idleness.
Lord, I repent of my vain system of measuring so many things that the world regards as valuable. I want to take your reckoning of productive work as my reckoning, and your reckoning of idleness as my reckoning